The Port Commission voted yesterday to select URS Corp. to oversee the billion-dollar Chula Vista bay-front project.

The selection comes nearly a month after Gaylord-Phelps Chula Vista LLC, a subsidiary of bay-front developer Gaylord Entertainment, dropped out of contention for the position, which will be responsible for advising the port on the budget, development and environmental guidelines. The Gaylord affiliate had been chosen by port staff as the frontrunner for the contract.

On Feb. 5, voiceofsandiego.org raised questions about a potential conflict of interest that would occur if Gaylord was put in the position of balancing the project manager’s duties to the port and its own financial concern in the development.Port documents required that the contractor “shall in all respects act and perform these functions strictly in the interest of and benefit of the Port District.”

You can also read more about yesterday’s visit by Gaylord here.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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