The Redondo Beach Waterfront Revitalization Project

Redondo Beach residents and those in surrounding communities all hold a strong interest in the Redondo Beach Waterfront Revitalization Project. Slowly, and methodically, the redevelopment project that plans to revitalize 15 acres of the city’s aging waterfront is becoming a reality.

After more than two decades of stagnation on the waterfront, the Redondo Beach Waterfront Revitalization Project points to small steps of progress. The most recent is that the city of Redondo Beach will seek proposals for a new market study on the proposed $300 million-plus project. Council members narrowly approved the measure in March, despite the fact previous market research was completed in November and paid for by the developer, El Segundo-based CenterCal Properties, LLC.

CenterCal’s revitalization project calls for 200,000 square feet of new restaurant, retail and office space covering 15 acres along the harbor and pier area. The makeover is slated to include a boutique hotel, high-end movie theater, several chain restaurants and a two-lane road connecting Torrance Boulevard to Harbor Drive.

The project last moved forward last summer when the city council voted to launch a lengthy environmental review of the proposed revitalization. That environmental impact report—estimated to take more than a year—was to examine issues such as noise, pollution and air quality, raised in the developer’s proposed plans. The vote also extended the exclusive negotiating agreement with CenterCal.

The preliminary designs of the project were also given the green light last July.

The project isn’t without its balance of opponents and proponents. Many want to recapture the glory days of the pier and harbor area, which has been in steady decline – in terms of visitors and healthy business – for decades since a devastating fire in 1988. But after several previous development attempts, those against the latest project fear a “mall by the sea” concept that will bring added traffic and pollution, and destroy ocean views.

Locals have likely noticed that new additions have already been made at the waterfront in 2014, including R10 Social House and Barney’s Beanery.

A final market study of the project will be presented to the city council on July 1. The entire process surrounding the Redondo Beach Waterfront Revitalization Project, which began in 2012, is expected to last into 2015, after which the city council will vote on a final project.

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