Come hell or highwater, Redondo Beach's long-neglected King Harbor will get a fancy new boutique hotel. The Shade Hotel Redondo Beach, to be built on city-owned land near the waterfront, has been in the works since at least 2008, but developer Michael Zislis recently ran into issues with contaminated soil that complicated a proposed underground parking garage. The city council has agreed to lease the hotel 50 spaces on city-owned land to make up for the parking loss, The Daily Breeze reports, but will up the rent on the hotel land from $13,000 to $17,000 a month (the hotel will also build 54 rooms instead of 45 to offset the cost); they're also insisting the project stay on schedule: it must begin demolition in February and complete construction by October 1, 2014. If it fails to do so, Zislis has to fork over $25,000 a month to the city. Redondo Beach officials are bullish on the project as its King Harbor's first big development in two decades. Design for the hotel, which includes lots of glass and skylights, comes from Venice-based Michael Hricak Architects.
· Redondo Beach boutique hotel project proposal moves forward [Daily Breeze]
· Long-Neglected Stretch of Redondo's King Harbor Getting Swank Hotel [Curbed LA]