The beach volleyball court is a nice touch. We’re a beach volleyball kind of a city. But even Milwaukee has beach volleyball courts. So big whoop.
The aquarium? That’s sounds like a nice addition, as well. But even Baltimore has an aquarium.
So what makes the Seaport Village redevelopment proposal by Protea Waterfront Development so appealing to the Unified Port of San Diego.
What gives it that “wow” factor?
One possibility: The Spire.
It’s an observation tower that, well, towers.
“The Spire will serve as an architectural icon and a breathtaking experience, allowing visitors to view San Diego in a new, educational way,” the development firm says in promotional materials.
(Sure, Seattle has the Space Needle, but how far can you see from it? It’s always raining in Seattle.)
Of the six proposals to transform Seaport Village, this one, called Seaport San Diego, got the most support and recently was approved by the port's board of commissioners.
The concept has a number of elements. In addition to the volleyball court and aquarium, it includes:
A floating stage for concerts or movies.
A floating Olympic-size pool.
A public market.
Two hotels and a “new generation” hostel.
A host of restaurants and retail outlets.
And, of course, The Spire. If realized, it would be nearly 500 feet tall and more than a “simple observation tower,” according to the developer, US ThrillCorp, which used a San Diego-based firm, AVRP/Skyport Studios, to do the design.
Visitors will travel upward in a gondola that will slowly spin as it ascends, offering a 360-degree view. Once riders reach the top, they will get to enjoy the view from an observation deck. Above the deck will be a restaurant.
“The entire journey takes approximately 10 minutes each way,” US ThrillCorp notes. “This gives ample time to experience, learn and photograph the city with friends and family.”
Or you can always take one of three elevators.
Will it become a reality?
Oh, please. This is San Diego. What possibly could go wrong?