Officials said today they expect to select a contractor for the first segment of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan by the end of June in hopes of wrapping up negotiations with the winning company by the end of summer.

The selected contractor would be responsible for constructing the first of a 10-phase, one-mile-long improvement project that is slated for the Harbor Drive corridor, stretching along the bay front from the Navy Broadway Complex to Laurel Street. The first phase will include upgrades to the shoreline walkway between Broadway and B Street.

About 10 companies are competing for the job, according to the project’s staff. A selection is expected to be made at the next North Embarcadero meeting on June 21 with negotiations expected to run through Aug. 31. Each of the $228 million project’s segments is roughly equally in cost, officials estimated.

The entire plan envisions a sweeping makeover of North Embarcadero area, including improvements to lighting, widening walkways and planting trees.

A new video of the project was also issued at the meeting today.

Readers might remember that Former Sen. Steve Peace and county Supervisor Rob Roberts issued their own proposal for the waterfront, complete with video, in January.

After years of delay, the North Embarcadero plan gained new life in February when the city of San Diego, its downtown planning agency and the Unified Port of San Diego recommitted to the proposal.

You can read more about the region’s plans for the waterfront here.


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