A developer wants to put a Marriott Residence Inn and a Hilton Garden Inn on the site of Redondo Beach's decaying Malibu Castle mini-golf course, which has been closed since 2005. But there's something just kind of right about the urban ruins' most recent use, as a homeless encampment (One man who's stayed on the property tells the Daily Breeze "I used to come down here as a kid and play putt-putt."). Anyway, the hotel plan, proposed by TRCF Redondo, got approval from the city back in 2010, then put the plan on hold as it ran into financing troubles. Now the city and the developer are working together to put the money together to get the project moving again. It's set to include two four-story hotels with a total of about 320 rooms. The city council could vote on a deal by November, after which construction would take about 14 months. The homeless Malibu Castle residents left last week; the four-story windmill, tiki hut, and Mayan temple were removed some time ago.
· Former Redondo Beach miniature golf course houses homeless as development stalls [Daily Breeze]