Working on behalf of The Corky McMillin Companies, a major national financial player called HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.) was able to secure the amount of $43 Million in financing for the Liberty Station Marketplace.
Everyone on the Peninsula is familiar with the Liberty Station Marketplace – it’s where Trader Joe’s and Vons have markets. It’s also where Rock Church is located. Plus much more.
Folks who love what’s going on at Liberty Station – the former Naval Training Center – like to site all the amenities in the area. The development has won awards. But it also has controversy.
Liberty Station Marketplace itself is the 152,495-square-foot retail area, is 93% leased – according to a press release from HFF, and besides Vons and Trader Joe’s, has other tenants who include Starbucks, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Five Guys, Verizon Wireless, Panera Bread, Cold Stone Creamery, Tender Greens and Luna Grill. Wow. A consumer’s paradise.
The Marketplace is all part and parcel of the mixed-use development that was constructed by the city when the NTC was decommissioned by the federal government and simply handed over to the City of San Diego in 1997. It has a total of 361 acres, and – here’s what pros love to cite: Liberty Station
“contains 125 acres of parks and open space; shopping villages and restaurants; a 28–acre civic, arts and cultural district; the nine-hole Sail Ho Golf Club; two hotels and six schools.”
Nearly 350 families now reside at the pedestrian-friendly Liberty Station and dozens of companies, with hundreds of employees, are doing business there.”
Of course, as most of us also know, The Corky McMillin Companies is /was the master plan developer of Liberty Station, property originally constructed for training sailors in 1932. Here is what HFF says about their client:
The Corky McMillin Companies is a fully-integrated real estate investment, land development and home-building company with more than 50 years of experience in San Diego. The former Naval Training Center was redeveloped by McMillin into its current mixed-use urban village that mixes homes with employment space, education, retail, recreation and entertainment.
The conversion of the NTC to Liberty Station and to Corky McMillin still to this day stands as the largest public land give-away in modern San Diego history. The so-called take-over by McMillian of the land was so scandalous that it marred the administrations of a couple of mayors.
Corky McMillin originally made his millions – when Corky himself was alive – from being a major developer of Scripps Ranch. He had become one of the most-connected land developers in the area when he was literally handed NTC on a silver platter. Well, finally, the company’s market center has permanent financing.