Redevelopment Moving Forward In This Los Angeles South Bay Beach City
Specifically, the City Council voted 3-1 to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report and other approvals related to The Waterfront.
Next up before any shovels can be brought in to start work, the Waterfront will be reviewed by the California Coastal Commission.
The plan calls for a total redevelopment of the Redondo Beach Pier area, from the King Harbor parking lot south to Torrance Blvd. Its centerpiece is a two-story glass building along the lines of the Ferry Building in San Francisco. It will host a Trader Joe’s type of market on the ground level and proposals for the upper level include a craft beer bar with views out over the Pacific Ocean.
And it is this building that created the biggest opposition from residents, who feel it’s going to be too tall and block their view of the water. That remains to be seen, of course.
Proposed development after proposed development has been turned down by residents in seeming countless votes over the decades, and finally it looks as if something will be done to fix this aged and bland area, a prime waterfront location and potential tourist destination about 15 miles south of LAX.
Not even the staunchest opponents can argue that something needs to be done to the pier. It is literally crumbling (as evidence, look at the parking structure by Kincaid’s) and even the legendary Old Tony’s is about to fall into the ocean because the wood pilings on which it sits are about to collapse.
The City Council’s approval is another step forward in the long process which, if everything is approved, would have the first phase open by 2020.