The new hotels will sit on a 15-acre site that is former home to the successful Wally Park San Diego, an airport park-and-fly company that is ceasing operations after 13 years.
Construction for the $150 million project is expected to begin soon, with the first hotel opening in the summer of 2017.
“The NTC Arts & Culture District is very excited to have another 650 to 1,000 people a day staying at hotels within walking distance to our galleries, museums, cinemas and cafes,” said Alan Ziter, executive director of the NTC Foundation.
“With many other shuttered military bases around the country sitting vacant and abandoned, with these new hotels, San Diego has made another significant advancement in the creation of a new walkable neighborhood at Liberty Station that the community envisioned for the former Naval Training Center.”
Established in 2000, the NTC Foundation’s mission is to renovate Liberty Station’s 28-acre Arts & Culture District, transforming it into a regional arts and culture hub while creating new community gathering spaces.
The new hotel development at Liberty Station will consist of a 181-room Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton, a 222-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott, and a 247-room Embassy Suites by Hilton.
Dewey Weaver, owner of InterMountain Management, said, “The three brands are complementary and form a synergistic urban destination that will serve business travelers, leisure visitors and airport ‘short stay’ guests alike.”
“We are extremely excited to start construction on this long-awaited hotel site at Liberty Station,” said Scott McMillin, chair of The Corky McMillin Cos.
“This will be the geographic transition from Liberty Station to Downtown San Diego. The waterfront location will be a preferred destination for an array of travelers and guests.”
Redeveloped by The Corky McMillin Cos. and the City of San Diego, the former Naval Training Center, now named Liberty Station, is one of San Diego’s largest and most successful redevelopment projects.
The 361-acre community includes parks and open space, shopping villages and restaurants, an arts and cultural district, a golf course, hotels, schools and homes for nearly 350 families. Liberty Station has become a prime San Diego destination for arts, culture, science and technology.
The Corky McMillin Cos. was founded in 1960 by Corky McMillin and has enjoyed a legacy of commitment to quality homebuilding, land development and commercial projects for more than 50 years.
As one of North America’s largest hotel management and development companies, InterMountain Management, LLC, for more than 30 years, has specialized in the select-service and extended-stay hotel segments.