ON POINT - April 2008 News


A Cultural Transformation is Underway at the former Naval Training Center – San Diego

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the historic Naval Training Center into a “Flagship for Arts and Culture.”

Through the leadership of the not-for-profit NTC Foundation, San Diego is seizing this opportunity with the creation of NTC Promenade – 26 historic buildings dedicated for arts and culture on 28 park-like acres in the heart of Liberty Station, an evolving dynamic neighborhood in Point Loma. 

The community is embracing NTC Promenade with their contributions and participation.  Thanks to community support, we secured over $32 million to complete Phase I renovations to 6 buildings in 2006.  Already, we are home to 25 civic and community groups.  Over 250,000 residents, visitors and students have attended receptions, festivals, performances, classes and exhibits.  And more than 1,300 events have taken place on our campus.  People are learning, creating and enjoying themselves.   

We are pleased to share with you our progress and our plans to take the next giant steps on this remarkable endeavor as we launch Phase II to substantially complete renovations to the remaining 20 buildings at NTC Promenade, and provide a new home to San Diego’s growing creative community.

Our monthly e-zine will provide you with information about what is underway at NTC Promenade and plans for the future as we work to find the best possible tenants and operate our creative center.  

With the community’s support, NTC will once again transform the lives of new generations as NTC Promenade.

Liberty Station – “2007 Military Base Redevelopment Community of the Year”
NTC Promenade – “2007 Orchid Award for Redeveloped Outdoor Space”
NTC Foundation –“2007 Dealmaker of the Year Award”


A Vision Underway - Phase I Complete!

Butterworth Dance Company DancersAfter 6 years of planning, the NTC Promenade is becoming what so many of us have envisioned…a dynamic destination showcasing San Diego’s innovative spirit in a community of venues.

In December 2006 the NTC Foundation completed the first 6 of our 26 historic buildings with an investment of $32.2 million for capital and operations, funded by private donations, a Rehabilitation Grant from the City of San Diego, Federal tax credits and other financing. 

Each day a wide array of students, families and residents from dancers and watercolor artists to science teachers and environmentalists enliven our campus.


 With 4 tenant buildings renovated, the NTC Promenade is already home to 25 organizations Kid Drawing Imagein residence, from the New Americans Museum and The Watercolor Society to Kids Included Together, San Diego Coastkeeper and four resident dance companies in Dance Place San Diego: Malashock Dance, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, Butterworth Dance Company and San Diego Ballet. (A full list of our Resident Groups)



Furthering the Community Vision: Phase II (2008-2010)
Empty Navy Buildings Awaiting a Cultural Renaissance

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With Phase I complete, and the community embracing the project, we are ready to take the next giant steps on this remarkable endeavor. The NTC Foundation’s goal is to complete the renovation of our remaining 20 historic buildings over the next several years, and create a lasting home for dozens more arts and cultural groups in the abandoned buildings.
As part of Phase II, we are exploring opportunities to create new cultural and performing arts venues.   We envision visual artists creating, exhibiting, and teaching, as well as working with partners in the culinary, energy, science and tech sectors to develop unique resource and training centers.

To continue to grow and thrive, the Foundation has begun the pre-development work (including site assessment and architectural design) on the next phase of NTC Promenade.  To get this work underway, the Foundation received a Rehabilitation Grant of $6 million approved by the City of San Diego’s Redevelopment Agency on December 4, 2007 with a unanimous vote.    

This City grant allows us to begin the pre-development work, but we will need family gifts and private money to make this destination a thriving arts and culture district.