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Liberty Station, San Diego

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Liberty Station is a mixed-use development in San Diego, California on the site of the former Naval Training Center San Diego. It is located in the Point Loma community of San Diego. It has a waterfront location, on a boat channel off of San Diego Bay, just west of the San Diego Airport and a few miles north of Downtown San Diego. The 361acre project includes several distinct districts: a retail and commercial district, a promenade focused on nonprofit activities, an educational district, a residential district, a hotel district, an office district, and a park/open space area along the boat channel.The Naval Training Center site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and many of the individual structures are designated as historic by the city of San Diego. Dozens of the historical buildings are being adapted for stores, offices, schools, and other purposes.HistoryThe project started when the Navy announced in 1993 that it was closing the San Diego training center. The City of San Diego created a 27-member commission to determine what to do with the site. The commission developed and the city accepted a detailed plan that served as the basis for a request for quotation from a master developer; The Corky McMillin Company was selected. The base closed with a ceremony on March 21 1997.In November 2012 Phase Two of the renovation was completed, bringing the total number of buildings successfully adapted to fifteen. The nonprofit NTC Foundation oversees the development of the historic and nonprofit area. According to Foundation director Alan Ziter, "This is the largest historical preservation project in San Diego and it's also the city's largest arts and culture project in terms of size and scope. It's been slow and steady. But we'll get it done."
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  • Not a far bike ride past the airport we came upon Liberty Station. There were lots of restaurants, food stalls, small artist studios plus a supermarket and a Trader Joe's all housed in former barracks...  more »
  • Liberty Station is a former Naval Training center in a park-like setting with different buildings spread out throughout the area. The buildings which once housed soldiers are now home to various resta...  more »
  • It was our first outing to Liberty Station. We were really focused on the Market having heard about the array of food and drinks available. It certainly held its own. It was hard to determine which et...  more »
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  • There is something for everyone at Liberty Public Market. Everything we got was delicious (We covered Wicked Maine Lobster, Roast, WestBean, Le Parfait Paris, and the deli, the name of which I can't remember.) and I'm eager to try basically every other food vendor, too. The outdoor seating was lovely and fun. My three year old could behave like a three year old (he's not rowdy, but still) and not bother other people. It's an all-around win.
  • I remember back in the days when Liberty Station had really nothing... only like TJ and Tender Greens. Now it built a whole new foodie neighborhood! I'm glad they were able to get restaurants in the empty buildings. The park and view of downtown is awesome too! All the restaurants that are here now are top end. They just need more breweries then we'll be all set.
  • Liberty station offers a fun and unique shopping experience. If you're interested in unique foods and desserts, you're in for a treat. With a great outdoor grassy area, all families right down to tumbling toddlers, feel right at home. Weather it's a date night to the movies, a Sunday Church service at the rock or watching your favorite football team to a cold beer, Liberty Station offers everything you need.
  • Beautiful area. We took a toddler, and our elementary school age kids to the Corvette Cafe. Lots of fun for them if the adults don't mind a little noise. The market was also nice for a dessert and coffee afterwords.
  • They've done a lot to revitalize the area and the place. It's extremely cool now with Stone Brewery there along with a number of others. The food selection inside the food court is great and really cool bar as well.