RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL, HARBOR ISLAND
San Diego, California
The site design concept focused on eight landmarks surrounding San Diego Bay -- the Point Loma peninsula, the lighthouse, the open mouth of the channel, North Island, the Coronado Bridge, the downtown core, the airport and the California Tower in Balboa Park. The placement and bending of the hotel’s tower allowed it to highlight these distinctive features while taking advantage of the views to the southwest and east.
This project was originally planned by Ritz Carlton over 8 years ago. It was designed as a fifteen-story 402-guest resort and business center. Overlooking downtown San Diego, the resort commands one of the most spectacular waterfront properties on the Pacific Coast.
This property had the distinction of being the first 5-Star Hotel in the Unites States that was majority owned by African Americans.
The 2 developers, who represented the interests of many other like minded business owners, sought Sterling & York, Ltd. out to assist them in their financing. Our company was successful in bringing a number of investors to the table for the project, an investment requiring $100,000,000.