The proposed project would involve landscape improvements by the District (Applicant) along the Northwest side of Harbor Island. North Harbor Drive is a heavily trafficked street and the areas adjacent to the street are often the first impression that arriving air travelers to the region receive. On the north side of North Harbor Drive the San Diego International Airport has deployed an updated landscape palette that is inclusive of small and medium sized cobble, boulders and colorful water-wise plants supported by drip irrigation. The District will deploy a similar landscaping approach at Spanish Landing Park adjacent to North Harbor Drive.
The project improvements are located on North Harbor Drive, from the Nimitz Bridge at Spanish Landing Park West to the intersection of North Harbor Drive and Harbor Island Drive. Landscape and irrigation improvements consist of removing existing landscaping and installation of new landscaping material.
The project includes the following components:
Approximately 171,600 square feet (3.9 acres) of re-vegetation and landscape planting.
Removal of existing landscape material, including plant material, mulch, cobblestone, boulders, and topsoil within existing landscape areas.
Installation of new landscaping material and irrigation system within the existing 171,600 square foot landscaped areas, including water wise plants, box trees, bark mulch, rock cobble mulch, cobble stone, small boulders and decomposed granite.
All plants will be lower water use and native.
The irrigation system will utilize water conserving heads and drip irrigation equipment.
The Project irrigation system will be fully automated and controlled by a weather based smart controller.
A new approximately 500 square foot, 6 feet wide by 81 feet long, concrete walkway will be constructed from the existing sidewalk along North Harbor Drive at Airport Terminal Road from the intersection of the existing crosswalk to the Spanish Landing restroom facility.
Two monument signs are proposed to be located at Spanish Landing Park West and Spanish Landing Park East with new Port of San Diego Secondary Amenity Identity monument signs.
It is anticipated the construction staging for the proposed work will incorporate 5 areas within the existing Spanish Landing Park parking lot. These five staging areas have a cumulative footprint of approximately 7,385 square feet and will occupy approximately 40 parking spaces for the duration of the project.
The proposed project is anticipated to begin in August 2023 and would take approximately five months to complete, finishing in December 2023. Due to its nature and limited scope, the proposed project would generate a minor amount of vehicle trips and would require limited use of equipment. Therefore, impacts related to air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and transportation and traffic are not anticipated to occur. Furthermore, the Applicant would be responsible for complying with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding construction demolition debris, hazards and hazardous materials, and stormwater.