SAN DIEGO — Horton Plaza is looking noticeably different as construction of an open space park continues.
City leaders said construction of Horton Plaza Park is on schedule and the demolition portion of the project is almost finished. The entire park isn’t expected to open until early 2014.
“I remember before the building was even there,” said Charlotte Deane, North Park resident. “I thought, ‘oh they’re taking half of Horton Plaza to put up a building and a shopping center.’ I’m kind of glad to see it go and to see the park, Horton Plaza, restored to its former glory.”
Demolition of the old Planet Hollywood/ Robinsons-May building began in November 2012.
Horton Plaza Park will feature food vendors, lots of seating and 24-hour security. It will also have an amphitheater for concerts and a large screen for outdoor movies. It is expected to hold more than 200 events per year.
“It’s designed to really be 24-7,” said Councilman Kevin Faulconer. “A safe, secure, fun environment that San Diego downtown deserves.”
Residents said they’re already looking forward to the opening.
“I think it will be used a lot,” said Robert Bryant, San Diego resident. “It was just taking up space. Nothing was being used here, so I think it will create a lot of good activity for downtown.”
Councilman Faulconer and Councilman Todd Gloria will be speaking at a community meeting Wednesday evening to update the public on the project. It will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Westin Gaslamp. Representatives from Westfield and Civic San Diego will also be available.
“It’s one of the projects I’m most proud of during my time on the council,” said Faulconer.