Here's your hard hat tour of the San Diego Police Department's headquarters, which was first built in 1939 and has been empty since the police department left the location in 1987. In 1998, the complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places and by the end of 2013, it's aiming to be San Diego's hottest dining and shopping destination.
Terramar Retail Centers is in the process of transforming the property and its surroundings into The Headquarters at Seaport District, 100,000-square-feet of restaurants and retail stores that'll fill the three existing buildings, which formerly housed courtrooms, jail cells, rifle range, hospital and gym, all surrounding an interior courtyard. The plan is to open in mid-October with 30 tenants, including six eateries and a coffee shop.
The most-anticipated arrival is Pizzeria Mozza, who has claimed a spot at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and West Harbor Drive for their new 4,350-square-foot restaurant. Mozza's owners just signed their lease a few weeks ago, as did Puesto in La Jolla, who'll be opening a second, 4,500-square-foot location in The Headquarters. Jennifer Gordon, Terramar's V.P. of Marketing, told Eater that all other rumored restaurant tenants are yet unconfirmed, but that they hope to have those leases secured soon.
Once this project is finished, Gordon shared that Terramar Retail Centers' next plan is an entire revamp of Seaport Village and building an adjacent boutique hotel.
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