By DAVID ROSS
Sterling Warner, the development company of the Liberty Bell Plaza, anticipates that it will be able to break ground on the plaza and the Vons shopping center in the first quarter of 2022, according to Emily Christensen, a spokesman for the company.
The Roadrunner spoke with Christensen, who is development coordinator for the project, this week. She said, “We are currently waiting for comments back from the County of San Diego on our submitted permit applications. We are subject to their timelines to obtain our approvals in order to proceed. However, based on their feedback we anticipate that we will be able to break ground 1st quarter of 2022.”
Besides a Vons supermarket Liberty Plaza will include 81,884 square feet of commercial-retail use, gasoline sales consisting of 12 fueling pumps in 6 stations, and 378 parking spaces on 8.5 acres.
The original construction schedule, which was anticipated to be the latter part of 2020, was blown apart by the unexpected arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.
“We will continue to do all that we can to keep the project moving forward,” said Christensen. “As you know, these are unprecedented times and there have been many impacts of COVID-19.”
“One of the impacts we have recently encountered is the material and labor shortages facing the construction industry. We know this will affect our project, we just aren’t sure yet to what degree. As you can imagine we couldn’t be more frustrated with all the delays caused due to COVID.”