San Diego Business Journal

Work Begins on Bikeway Village Project in Imperial Beach

By Lou Hirsh Monday, January 25, 2016
Rendering courtesy of TSA Contracting Inc.

Rendering courtesy of TSA Contracting Inc.

Developers and city officials have broken ground on Bikeway Village, a civic and commercial project in Imperial Beach catering to users of the nearby Bayshore Bikeway. City officials have said the initial development cost will be approximately $6 million.

A statement from general contractor TSA Contracting Inc. said the project site, at 536 13th St., is at a key transition point along the bikeway and provides an informal entrance to the city of Imperial Beach. The project will transform two large existing but underutilized warehouse buildings, to create a functional rest stop with amenities for bikers, travelers and locals.

Amenities will be oriented toward the bikeway and San Diego Bay, including a large outdoor deck with formal and informal seating, restored native wetland plantings and related landscaping. Plans also call for bicycle parking, a water bottle refill station, trail-side rest stop and public restrooms.

Approved by local and state officials in 2013, the project also involves creating in future phases an active commercial hub with a bike shop, coffee shop and other elements serving bicycle enthusiasts using the 24-mile Bayshore Bikeway, spanning much of the South Bay area. Tenants have not been announced.

City data at the time of approval indicated that developers would invest approximately $4.3 million to initially build out Bikeway Village, with the city contributing up to $1.8 million.

The project was designed by Studio E Architects and LandLab. The developer is Bikeway Village LLC, which includes property owner Rex Butler.