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Bernardo Shores RV Park May Become Town Homes

The town homes would sit on land that is now the Bernardo Shores RV Park. The city has recommended that the project also incorporate land where the El Camino Motel stood until October.

A project that will be presented to the City of Imperial Beach at their meeting Wednesday proposes the construction of 216 beach bungalow style town homes  along State Route 75.

The Shores on Silver Strand town homes would sit on what is now the Bernardo Shores RV Park.

"Staff has encouraged the property owner to explore the opportunity of purchasing or parnering with the property to the south for a comprehensive project (El Camino site); however, the cost to purchase that property is excessive," a staff report on the topic written by City Manager Gary Brown said.

The El Camino Motel was demolished in October.

Units in the three-story town homes would range from 1,100-1,700 square feet and the development may include a new connection to the Bayshore Bikeway may be built for the community.

Potential issues standing in the way of construction detailed in the staff report include:

  • The project needs a coastal development permit from the California Coastal Commission and due to its proximity to San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge would require review by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • If new commercial zoning rules receive state approval, the project would need to meet Commercial/Mixed-Use (C/MU-1) zone rules.
  • Project may be in a 100-year flood plain.

What do you think of the idea of building town homes at Bernardo Shores on State Route 75? Share in comments.

Jon Hall December 10, 2012 at 02:58 PM
"Staff has encouraged the property owner to explore the opportunity of purchasing or parnering with the property to the south for a comprehensive project (El Camino site) ..." Typical Imperial Beach thinking --- tear down a commercial property (rather than find a way to rehab it, restore it, or use it for another commercial use) and then suddenly decide it should be included in a residential project --- which will bring no long term direct economic benefit to the City ...
G Beit-Ishoo December 11, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Remember way back, we had an election that passed a gambling casino in that area???
Roger Alan Benham December 11, 2012 at 04:36 AM
This would be a perfect location for the Pacific Coast Historical (PCH) Dinner Show concept currently being proposed for the Pond 20 location. This concept has been specifically designed by a lifelong IB resident to meet the needs of IB. It is an excellent long-term revenue generator, and will bring jobs and prestige to our area. See www.pchdinnershow.com and www.portofsandiego.org/pond-20/letters-of-interest.html (click on "Radcor" under 1 of the 7 letters). I am sad that the only thing they can imagine for probably the last real development opportunity on our front porch enterance is a condo. Note: I met with the Owner of Bernardo Shores some time ago and cc'd the City about this concept.
John Galt December 11, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I would develop it as a gated community. Higher market value. Include some small shops and restaurants. Think of Coronado Cays. As an extension of that idea, I would re-develop the entire bay front from 7th to 13th. Views are very nice.
Roger Alan Benham December 11, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Taking this prime bay access land and gating it off sounds very polarizing to the rest of the community. In my opinion, the legacy of IB is not conducive to a traditional “gated community”. Trying to copy the Cays could backfire because it would always be perceived as a lower class wanna-be and could never have access to the bay waters (already traded away by the Port District as land mitigation banks). IB is already practically 99% suburban sprawl, but, I would agree there is a need for more “gated” options. I believe they should be multi-unit in nature, and more central to the core of the City (New Urban Style). I have been outspoken about this need in my work on the Downtown IB concept, see www.downtownib.com. Please take the time to read the PCH Dinner Show proposal, www.pchdinnershow.com. This concept is specifically designed for IB and targeted to San Diego’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry, and would draw revenue, jobs, and prestige 365 days a year. There are many examples of successful tourism based venues that are off the beaten path, including the three examples provided in the proposal. We need to be smarter than the same old condo strip-mall cap-rate 2x4 stucco box cyclically starving small shop restaurant ideas. We already have enough of these; therefore, we need a clever mechanism to bring the kind of TRAFFIC with fists of cash to the already existing businesses in the CORE of our City. The PCH Dinner Show delivers this need and more.
Pat P January 06, 2013 at 12:44 AM
I think these look great! There is a tremendous need for NICE, upscale townhomes in this community. I don't want to have to go all the way out to East Chula Vista to find a nice townhome. I'd buy one in a NY second.
Pop Quiz February 18, 2013 at 03:41 PM
The more high density housing you get, the worse the traffic becomes.No way around that fact. Now with the stupid, short sighted single lane on Palm ave. "improvements" we are working toward every summer day being a more stressful, polluting, stop and go mess. Keeping the trailer park is a better bet for the long term residents. The council and all the other carpet baggers and investment realtors just want to make a quick buck and bail out. That is the bottom line.
Donna Wirth June 03, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Stop and think. The RV tourists who come to Bernardo Shores come with fistfuls of cash that they spend readily in the area at restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, hardware stores, clothing stores, gas stations, doctor offices, fitness centers, car washes, car and tire repair facilities, the farmer's market, etc. I should know because I am one of those tourists who enjoy staying at Bernardo Shores.

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