At the next City Council meeting on June 23, the council will consider Mayor Robert Garcia and Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal’s proposal to create a Queen Mary Land Development Task Force.
The task force would provide feedback and recommendations to the city for developing land next to the ship, the city announced Friday.
“The Queen Mary is one of our city’s most important assets, and development of the surrounding land needs to be done carefully, thoughtfully, and with significant community input,” said Mayor Garcia in a statement.
According to a release, the city has already been in talks with the ship’s operator and land lease holder Garrison Investments over the creation of a timeline and process for creating a new development on the property, and the task force would jump-start the community outreach process. Experts in tourism, hospitality, architecture and design, economic development and historic preservation would make up the task force.
The property currently contains 43.38 acres that includes vacant land, the Queen Mary Events Park, parking lots and the Sea Walk Village.
“We all want to see the best possible use of this historic icon and property, and this Task Force will ensure that residents have a voice in this process,” said Lowenthal in a statement. Lowenthal represents the Second District, which is home to The Queen Mary.