“A permanent bayfront home for the San Diego Symphony’s summer concerts is now a go after the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the $45 million project on Thursday,” reports Lori Weisberg in Thursday’s (11/8) San Diego Union-Tribune. “The commission’s vote realizes a 17-year dream of the symphony’s to transform its temporary summer home into a permanent, year-round bayside performance park, as it is being called. If all proceeds smoothly, the more than 160,000-square-foot venue could open by 2020 or 2021, San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer said…. ‘What I was really moved by today was the excitement by the Coastal Commissioners and the collaborative work with the Coastal Commission and Port Commission and symphony staff,’ Gilmer said … ‘Eighty-five percent of the time the park will be completely open to the public, and 15 percent of the time there will be ways to access it with low-cost tickets and we will give free concerts.’ … The design of the proposed stage calls for a 56-foot-tall, rounded white shell.… The symphony has played its summer pops concerts … on a temporary stage between May and September at Embarcadero Marina Park South since 2004.”

Posted November 9, 2018