The new and much anticipated draft environmental impact report is out for a planned mixed-use makeover of Redondo Beach’s South Bay Galleria, and developers say it’s the result of careful community-involved planning, the Daily Breeze reports.
The new Gensler-designed plan from mall owner Forest City includes 300 housing units (instead of a previously proposed 480 units), buildings up to 60 feet tall, and open space and a park. The redeveloped mall would also hold a 150-room hotel and increase the mall’s retail space to more than 1 million square feet.
Because of its proximity to transit lines, including the Green Line, the proposed project “will pay significant attention to better pedestrian and bicycle access and will promote easy transitions between a variety of transportation options,” Forest City West President Kevin Ratner told the Breeze.
The plan was “teased” at multiple times throughout the year and tweaked in response to residents’ concerns—“a sign the mall owner wants to avoid clashes with Redondo Beach’s powerful slow-growth community,” says the Breeze.
The project will have public hearings throughout the year as part of the EIR process.
- New plan for South Bay Galleria makeover expected in days [Daily Breeze]