Chula Vista implodes power plant to make way for future

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – It’s the dawn of a new era along Chula Vista’s Bayfront.  At daybreak Saturday the now defunct South Bay Power Plant will be demolished.

“This is wonderful way to start off with just a big boom,” said Chula Vista’s Mayor Cheryl Cox. “Get people excited not only for Chula Vista but all over South Bay.

Starting with a big boom it will. The utilities plant, long an eye-sore on prime real estate will be blown to smithereens and if all goes as planned, it will implode in about 2 minutes.

“Opening up a view of San Diego Bay that hasn’t been seen for 51 years.” And when it’s gone making way for a massive redevelopment plan for the future.

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 5.19.42 PMThe plant was decommissioned in 2010. California Coastal Commission approval came this August, and already the Port of San Diego, which owns the property, is accepting bids for architects and builders.

“There will be places there for a 24 acre park and open space reserved area for habitat,” said Mayor Cox and “then there will be commercial and office buildings behind.”

In the next 5 years, the plan is to build a hotel, condominiums and a convention center. And that means jobs.  Mayor Cox says there will be work for decades to come

“Twenty-two thousand ongoing jobs and 7 thousand construction jobs over the next 30 years,” she said.

And huge boom for the local economy.

“It’s a different mood for the next 100 years. It will take 30 years to build out Chula Vista’s Bayfront,” said the Mayor, adding that it all starts with Saturday’s implosion, set to detonate at 7 a.m..

“Rolling thunder as far as the sound and it should be over in two minutes.”