In October 2012 the Port Commission adopted a development strategy for the Marina District. Extensive public feedback helped shape a new plan for the Marina District Development, that also fulfills the Port Commissionís adopted strategic direction to "get back to basics." The strategy is adaptable and flexible to meet the project goals of coordination of the marina and upland development, a full-service marina facility, a destination with "quality of place," creates jobs and connects the community to its waterfront, and emphasizes sustainable development. The development strategy was unveiled in early September 2012 to positive public feedback, and the Port Commission adopted the strategy in early October.
In 2011, the Port Commission directed staff to undertake a joint planning effort to look at both the boating facilities and the North Marina property as part of one, comprehensive plan. The two staff directives were:
1.) The upland redevelopment effort needed maximize previous efforts and compliment the boating facilities, and
2.) The Port's investment in its marinas must be cost-effective and flexible to respond to market trends and shifts.
The development strategy envisions 200 - 300 housing units and a hotel in the area nearest to Marine Drive, with public access directly to the water in that area. In addition, an employment center (flexible to meet market demands) is planned for the area nearest Waterfront Center, with public access areas nearest the water.
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