Most people agree that the Redondo Beach Pier has been in need of make over for quite some time. However, just what that makeover entails has been the subject of debate over the past few years.
The proposed $400 million remodel of the Redondo Beach pier has been delayed by public opposition. In 2012, CenterCal Properties were elected as the private-public partners that would revamp the pier. However, their proposed plans have been met by resistance from Redondo’s residents. Now, the plans to move forward with the development rest in the hands of the Redondo Beach City Council and the State’s Coastal Commission.
CenterCal properties proposes to completely redevelop the existing waterfront by tearing down what currently occupies the area from Seaside Lagoon to the Pier. CenterCal would replace it with 524,000-square-foot village of mixed uses. The village would include: restaurants, office space, a cinema, hotel, new parking structures, amongst other retail shops. Furthermore, the Seaside Lagoon would gain ocean access, and a new avenue would join Torrance Blvd. and Harbor Drive. However, many Redondo Beach residents oppose the idea and have made there opposition known by passing Measure C.
A group of activist in Redondo Beach have introduced and pushed for Measure C, which passed with nearly 60% percent of the votes cast. The measure was led by residents calling to slow down growth in the area. The activist claim that the development would greatly increase traffic and commercialize formerly open city space. However, CenterCal has taken the fight to the courts claiming that the measure shouldn’t apply to the already approved plan.
The final decision on the project has been delayed thus far. CenterCal’s lawsuit again the City of Redondo Beach has been handed over to the State Courts, and it appears that the Coastal Commission will have the final word on the project. In April, the commissioners will gather to to divulge information and to allow residents to chime in. However, the meeting will not hold decisive weight with the final decision on the matter being postponed until the summer, which will occur in Redondo Beach or Long Beach.