Work has begun on a pair of 405-adjacent hotels in Redondo Beach (on the ruins of the old Malibu Castle mini-golf course), first approved way back in 2010 and then put on ice while the economy sorted itself out. A slightly reconfigured project got the go ahead last November, and that's what broke ground yesterday. The two hotels, a Hilton Garden Inn and a Marriott Residence Inn, will each rise to four stories, and together will bring 319 rooms to the site of the abandoned miniature golf course. Redondo Beach officials are particularly pleased that the area is being redeveloped, says the Daily Breeze, as it's attracted more than its share of police activity. Assistant City Manager David Grant told the paper that there was "a public safety call every other day. Just getting the hotels in there, we're saving money." Grant may be pleased drivers on the 405 will have something less blighty to look at as they sit in traffic, but here's hoping hotel guests mistake the sound of passing cars for crashing waves. Both hotels are expected to open next spring.
· Hotel project in Redondo Beach to move forward on freeway-adjacent lot [DB]
· Twin Redondo Hotels Start Work This Year Near Green Line [Curbed LA]