Port officials greenlit the first stage of demolition on San Pedro’s Ports O’ Call this week. The Daily Breeze reports that in November crews will begin tearing down 92 "mostly vacant" marina slips at the San Pedro Marina and a utility building at 950 Sampson Way. The collection of kitschy storefronts will be razed later.
Demolition is key for the creation of a new waterfront walkway and "town square" slated for Harbor and Sixth, says the Daily Breeze. All buildings will ultimately be torn down. But the famous San Pedro Fish Market will stay in its spot until its new space in the remade complex is constructed.
The entire Ports O’ Call is getting a huge $150-million redevelopment that, judging from renderings, will be like San Pedro’s version of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. The new complex, which will be rechristened the San Pedro Public Market, will have old-timey warehouses holding restaurants, retail, and markets, courtesy of developers Ratkovitch Company, which was also behind DTLA's The Bloc, and Jerico Development.
Eventually, the plan is to add an open-air event space, year-round event programming, and a new route for a few refurbished Red Car trolleys, which will run on light rail in the project.
An earlier timeline had construction starting on the San Pedro Public Market in 2017, with completion slated for 2020.