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April 14, 2010 May 14, 2010 May - June 2010 June - July 2010 Fall - Winter 2010 Early Spring 2011 Late Spring 2011

Question cut-off date Application deadline Short listing and final selection of one artist Agreement negotiation and execution Design development and approval phases Fabrication and installation phases Completion


The Asian Pacific Historic District (APHD) includes eight blocks bounded by Second Avenue, Market Street, Sixth Avenue and J Street. Two priority areas are identified as the focus for public improvements within the APHD: 1) Third Avenue (from Market Street to J Street); and 2) Island Avenue (from Second Avenue to Sixth Avenue). The APHD includes twenty historic structures which were constructed between 1883 and 1930 and acts as a passage from the Convention Center to the commercial/retail/civic core of San Diego. The site for the gateway artwork has been identified as the south side of the Third Avenue and Market Street intersection.


A Master Plan for the APHD was adopted by the Redevelopment Agency in 1995. The objective of the Master Plan is to stimulate the revitalization of the APHD and to support the preservation and enhancement of Asian Pacific cultural heritage in San Diego. Surprisingly, San Diego is the only large metropolitan area in the western U.S. that does not have a thriving historic Asian District. The vision for the APHD is to become the social and cultural center of various Asian Pacific ethnic groups within San Diego, reestablishing the district as the cultural destination point within the region. The establishment of the APHD’s identity is crucial to the long term revitalization of the area, and the Master Plan establishes which public improvements are necessary to create this identity: corridors, streetscape improvements such as landscaping and enhanced paving, lighting and preservation of significant historic buildings. The key ingredients to the Master Plan are as follows:

  • 1.

    Re-establish the APHD as the social and cultural destination for the Asian Pacific community within San Diego

  • 2.

    Undertake adaptive reuse and preservation of historic buildings

  • 3.

    Establish Island Avenue as the unifying east/west street promenade

  • 4.

    Create a APHD identity by the use of special sidewalk patterns, street lighting, gateway elements, historic building markers, banners, colors, street and business signage, and an Asian Pacific flag plaza; and

  • 5.

    Identify future development opportunities.

The public improvements on Third and Island Avenues will create an identity for the APHD so that the public can recognize when they have arrived, and that such a district exists. This identity will be created through a variety of physical and visual elements including: gateways, banners and signage;

CCDC/City of San Diego Asian Pacific Historic District Gateway Public Art March 2010 Page 2 of 38

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