Downtown Ritz Carlton project moving forward after legal challenge is dropped

We are thrilled that the 7th & Market project with the Ritz Carlton project is finally moving forward! Thank you Cisterra for your diligence and vision to bring such a classy and wonderful project to Downtown.

Amy Spear, REALTOR Amy Spear | Scott Finn & Associates


Long delayed plans to build San Diego’s first Ritz Carlton in downtown San Diego are back on track after a legal challenge targeting the project was dropped this week.

The developer, San Diego-based Cisterra, says it now plans to start construction by the middle of next year once financing is lined up for the $450 million project, which will also include new office space and for-sale and rental housing. Construction is expected to take three years, says Cisterra.

Although the project, proposed for the corner of Seventh Avenue and Market Street, was approved in 2016, a subsequent lawsuit challenging the approval on environmental grounds put the entire development on hold.

Filing the suit was hotel union member Sergio Gonzalez and San Diegans for Responsible Planning, a coalition of community and union members living and working in San Diego. A lower court last year rejected their legal challenge but the ruling was appealed.