San Diego Business Journal

Chula Vista Landmark to Be Demolished

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Chula Vista landmark that many city officials called a terrible eyesore will be demolished in a spectacular implosion scheduled for Feb. 2, according to the Port of San Diego, the agency that manages the leasing of the site.

Plans to demolish the South Bay Power Plant have been in the works for years and the electrical generation was halted three years ago. The city plans to use the site for a public park and an RV park, and sees the plant’s elimination as a huge step towards attracting a developer to implement its Bayfront Master Plan.

Ann Moore, Chula Vista’s port commissioner, said removal of the plant is a signal to the community that the port and city are serious about bay-front redevelopment. “I am thrilled that we have finally set a date to bring down this huge industrial structure,” Moore said.

The implosion plan includes measures to protect the public and environment, and is being carried out by the former operator, Dynegy South Bay LLC. All the required permits for the implosion were granted last year.

The actual implosion is scheduled for 7 a.m., weather and other conditions permitting, with a final decision to be made that morning, according to a port district report.

— Mike Allen