The property had been used by the Navy since World War II as a submarine base and for other kinds of training. But in a round of downsizing, the land was given to the city.
For the last decade, Key West has been drawing up plans and waiting on environmental clean-up of the property.
This week it is finally breaking ground of the first phase of the land’s new life: as a waterfront park.
The initial phase, at $17.4 million, is mostly about infrastructure. Eventual plans for the property call for a community center, amphitheater, ballfields, gardens and playgrounds.
The public is invited to the groundbreaking, set for 10 a.m. Wednesday just past the entrance on Southard Street.