Riding the wake of a new zoning measure and plans for a fancy Shade Hotel, Redondo Beach is partnering with private developers for a makeover for its pier. The Daily Breeze reports that "The move is aimed at modernizing the structure's aging buildings and infrastructure, while creating an economically viable local attraction." That'll include a major remodel to turn the southern part of the pier into Redondo Landing, featuring "vintage-inspired facades, rebuilt interiors and new outdoor signs." (The pier's website says the "new façade will remind you of the original Looff Hippodrome, the landmark carousel building built on The Pier in the 1920’s.") The city will handle work on the pier's public areas and landscaping.
Tony Trutanich Jr., who owns the pier restaurant Old Tony's and "is considered the godfather of the pier," says he sees the new Redondo pier "one day rivaling popular dining and shopping destinations like Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica or The Grove in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles."
Work is set to start in early 2012.
· Redondo seeking a peerless pier [Daily Breeze]
· Long-Neglected Stretch of Redondo's King Harbor Getting Swank Hotel [Curbed LA]