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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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  • Although I go often to Liberty Station for groceries, shopping, yoga 6, or the cinema, my favorite activity is the Art Walk on the first Friday of every month. In addition to my old standbys -- The Wa...  more »
  • The site in question is located between Old Town and sea world. In my opinion it is one of the typical attractions that tourists search in San Diego and then recommend if outdoors. It is a complex which houses small shops and museums to theme (without any claim) that has found its place in a complex which, it seems, was in connection with naval activities in San Diego. I wasn't overly impressed, but it can be nice for a walk unless you have nothing else to see
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  • Liberty Station has become one of my favorite-spots to get a quick bite to eat and gather with friends for a walk through a historic part of san diego near the water. It is a designated historical sit...  more »
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  • This is an old Navy base which now houses many shops, restaurants, a few churches, beautiful grounds and fountains. It is open to the public. Plenty of parking lots of walking because of the shops. There is also a large park area where you can enjoy picnics, walk the dogs and let the kids have fun. Great place to spend the day!
  • I only wish it was a little easier to get in an out - when it gets busy, there can be a little traffic. I love that it is very up and coming - more things each time I go. Great venue for events - and I love visiting Hot Spot Pottery to paint ceramics. Wish there were a few more food options late.
  • I went to boot camp here and later on went to instructor school so there are lots of memories here. The way they've preserved the flavor of the military presence is amazing. I just enjoy the ambiance as I walk around, checking everything out. From war to art. What a great use of taxpayer property. Bravo.
  • 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.

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