De Anza Cove Mobile Home Park, which occupies 76 acres of the 120 total prime waterfront acreage situated on the North-East end of San Diego’s Mission Bay has gone from a bustling mobile home park, to ghost town while this year. The residents moved out in 2 separate phases: Jan 13, 2016 phase 1 and by October 2016, phase 2 as agreed to in a $29 million dollar settlement between the City of San Diego and the residents of De Anza Cove.
This battle in the courts began back in 1979, as the City of San Diego has been trying for decades, to repurpose the land for more combined profitable use and ecological restoration of some of the bay; returning a portion of it to marshlands.
The residents did not leave without a fight, but by an agreement reached in two separate lawsuits, all 500 units will be completely vacated before I publish this, with potential exception of a few holdouts, that say they will remain until forced out.
There are many proposals on the table for the redevelopment of this part of Mission Bay which include:
- Tennis Facilities & Clubhouse
- Multi-purpose sports & recreation fields
- Golf Course & Driving Range
- Bike & Pedestrian Paths
- RV slips, Camping & other Lodging
- Restaurant with Bay Views
- Playgrounds, snack vendors & restrooms
- Non-motorized Rentals & Docking Pier
- Beach & Swimming Areas
- Open lawn for Recreational use & Special Events
- Community Garden
According to the Union Tribune, we’re at least to 2019 before an approved plan will be reached. While this leaves a lot of residents displaced and several businesses currently on site in question, it does mean exciting things for locals and tourists in the coming decade.
I empathize with the residents, but I must say as a resident outside of this community of De Anza Cove, I’m excited to see the possibilities of what will become more publically enjoyed land use, while environmentally friendly for the Mission Bay natural inhabitants.