The city of Redondo Beach has been planning for ages to update its pier and waterfront area, which attracts 2 million visitors annually, according to the Daily Breeze. Over the summer crews finished a general sprucing-up of the pier, but much bigger plans for the rest of the area are starting to come together. Several months ago Patch reported that the city entered in to an agreement with El Segundo's CenterCal Properties to redevelop "15 acres of city-owned land on the Redondo Beach waterfront, including the Redondo Beach Pier, the International Boardwalk and the Redondo Beach Marina." It's a huge project, expected to take several years cost between $150 and 200 million.
In the meantime, CenterCal has been engaged in a "listening" tour collect comments from local residents and businesses before they present a preliminary concept to the city in early March. A word cloud (gotta love a word cloud!) made by the developer and presented to the council showed that the most common feedback collected so far included the phrases "views," "family," "art," "no big retailers," and "biking." The DB says that "some residents have expressed concern that the council is rushing to a design, but the council and Wardy stressed the March 12 proposal will indeed just be preliminary. 'It will be at least two years before a shovel hits the ground,' [CenterCal President Jean Paul] Wardy said." Two further public meetings are scheduled before the initial proposal is presented. [Image via the Daily Breeze]
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