By Brittany Bailey/Special to the OB Rag
Shortly after eleven am this morning, District 2 Councilmember Kevin Faulconer broke ground on the Ocean Beach Gateway Project. The event featured speeches by Councilmember Faulconer, Interim Director of the Engineering and Capital Projects Department Tony Heinrichs, and Brian Pottenger, President of the Ocean beach Community Development Corporation.
Councilmember Faulconer began by thanking the community for their perseverance in seeing the project through. Special thanks went to Mayor Jerry Sanders, The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation, the Main St Association, the support of the community. Faulconer states on the city-released Media Advisory “I want to thank the residents of OB for their can-do spirit and their patience. I also want thank the Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation for its hard work in bringing this project to fruition. Many Obecians are looking forward to the development of this entryway, which will beautify a corner that has sat vacant for several years.”
The project will take the asphalt parking lot at the corner of Sunset Cliffs and West Point Loma and turn it into a plaza courtyard and pedestrian friendly entry to Robb Field. The plaza is also meant to signify a “Welcome” to the motorists, cyclist, and pedestrians entering the Ocean Beach Community.
The project plan diagram outlines an enhanced crosswalk spanning Sunset Cliffs and West Point Loma, a courtyard plaza with specialty concrete, native landscaping to include palms and shade trees, various opportunities for public art including “art stands”, braille wall, art walls, a public drinking fountain, bike rack, and a shell art plaza. According to Councilmember Faulconer, the plaza will also feature raised garden beds and community benches.
As noted by Engineering and Capital Projects Department Interim Director, Tony Heinrichs, this project has been in the works since 1999, and will be a “facelift the area desperately needs.”
Ocean Beach CDC President Ryan Pottenger followed up on the thanks and praises by Councilmember Faulconer and Heinrichs by again commending the advocacy of past CDC presidents, and the continued support of Obecians.
Construction is set to commence this month, with projected completion dates by February 2011.
All photos by Brittany Bailey.