Possible beginning for old Liberty Station building

February 21, 2017 by  

A former recreation hall that was once part of the Naval Training Center (NTC) in San Diego may have a new lease on life.

The structure, Building 191, was slated for demolition, but the city did not have the funds to raze it. Now, it may become a regional center for bicycling enthusiasts.

The project is the idea of Richard Opper and Ron Miriello. Opper is currently on the board of the NTC Foundation, while Miriello is a sculptor and graphic designer, and both love to ride bicycles. During a ride, Miriello said he would like to find a place to display some frames from Italian bikes where other riders could see them. Opper suggested Building 191, since he was familiar with it because of his work with NTC.

Opper’s vision was for the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to be the building’s master tenant. It would be the coalition’s responsibility to create and operate a center for the biking community. Opper believes it would take about $600,000 to repurpose the building, and is confident the money can be raised from private sources. Although the project is only in the planning stages, backers are enthusiastic about their chances of bringing it to fruition.

Project like this can benefit if developers work with a brochure printing company to create booklets for interested parties that illustrate the finished building.