BCHD is now proposing a new Master Plan for its “Healthy Living Campus”. The proposed new plan has two Phases of ACTIVE demolition and construction over 5 years.
Phase 1 – The RCFE is now even TALLER, at 103 ft. high building and 133 ft. from the street level accounting for 30 ft. elevation on a hill. It is 6 stories, compared to 3-4 stories from their original Phase 1 plan – running along the northern border of the BCHD property to Flagler Lane in Torrance. In the DEIR, they’ve finally owned up to the fact that Flagler Lane, most of Flagler Alley and some land to the west is in the City of Torrance.
Phase 2 – Is not funded and purposely vague in the "programmatic" approach that was suggested by the environmental consultants in December 2020 for the DEIR. It includes the “wellness pavilion”, gym, an aquatic center, and a 8-story parking lot.
Massive Assisted Living Facility built out along the entire northeastern border of the property from behind the medicial building on Prospect to Flagler Lane is now 103 ft. tall (with appendages) and would rise 133 ft. above homes and businesses.
What Hasn’t Changed
Demolition of main building 514/old hospital and parking lots.
Same health, safety and environmental hazards of massive construction near
homes and elementary schools.
Massive traffic and congestion on all adjacent streets, before, during, and after construction; project may also be concurrent with AES closure.
More Than 5 Years of ACTIVE Demolition and Construction = PERMANENT Damage to Surrounding Community
The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) now plans to build a $450 million project to demolish their existing 11-acre campus and construct a 217-unit, 325-bed assisted living structure, now TALLER than before at 6 stories high along the entire northern perimeter of the site and includes a massive 8-story parking garage along the south side of the site. The BCHD proposes demolition, excavation, and construction on a massive scale, taking place in two phases. The project will result in significant exposure to toxic air contaminants and emissions, concrete dust, hazardous materials, and increased traffic, including an estimated 10,000 heavy haul truck trips alone to complete the construction.
After completion, the supersized assisted living building will forever change the character of our community, damage our quality of life, and set a dangerous new precedent for overdevelopment.
Those most affected are the most vulnerable – children, the elderly, people with impaired health – and the public at large who live, work, study and play in proximity to the site.
The more you know, the more you will oppose it.
Magnitude and Scope
The 3rd TALLEST structure in Redondo Beach, the 4th TALLEST structure in Torrance (all of which are on major commercial streets like Hawthorne Blvd.) the proposed SUPERSIZED continuous build structure would rise 133 ft. high along the 30 ft. hill on the extreme perimeter on of the site. When completed it will tower above local neighborhoods in Redondo Beach and Torrance. Its massive size is completely out of character with the South Bay community.
Demolition (including grinding of concrete on-site), excavation and construction will result in significant exposure and release of hazardous and toxic emissions and dust into the air (Ref. p.25 NOP, Environmental Checklist). Combined with NOISE, VIBRATION, and KNOWN HAZARDOUS MATERIALS onsite, it is a toxic blend for the young, elderly and public at large. Towers Elementary and Beryl Heights Elementary schools are in close proximity to the site (350 ft. and 900 ft.), Redondo Union and West Torrance High are 0.3 and 0.7 mi. away, and Bert Lynn is 0.9 mi. away.
Traffic and Congestion
DURING CONSTRUCTION, tens of thousands heavy-haul truck trips will be required to and from the site, not counting worker trips. That means MORE TRAFFIC along already congested Prospect Ave., Beryl Ave., Del Amo Blvd., and other Redondo Beach and Torrance streets to and surrounding the freeways. AFTER COMPLETION, the HIGH-DENSITY structure will have approx. 325 tenants in 220 units, their visitors, caregivers, ambulance trips, firetrucks, deliveries, etc. that will permanently contribute to traffic and parking issues
Typically Pproperty values decline in areas inof close proximity to heavy construction and commercial use. Potential loss of home values/sales including mandatory disclosure to buyers.Once approved, the massive construction project becomes a disclosure to homebuyers (Ref. California Assoc. of Realtors Seller’s Property Disclosure).
Public Agency-Private Funding
The health district will need more than half a billion dollars to build the facility and has proposed getting private funding from a for-profit company to own and operate the assisted living building. The BCHD will own only 20% to 25% of the facility when finished. The private partner will retain control of 75% to 80% of the project leaving the district little leverage or control. Designed for the rich, the market study looked at retirement incomes of approximately $120,000 to $225,000 a year for entry.
Read the EIR
Just learning about the project? Read the EIR and Public's concerns expressed at the June 17, 2020 BCHD BoD meeting. .The nearly 400 pages of public comments in response to the NOP that were received from Torrance and Redondo Beach residents were 99.9% opposed to the project. Judge for yourself. Is the BCHD project “healthy”; or does the BCHD project threaten the health, safety and well-being of residents?
16 Reasons Why You Should Be Concerned
In the Initial Study for the massive project, the required California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Environmental Checklist identifies 16 categories at the highest level of risk for "Significant" environmental impacts and adverse effects on people and the environment
(see p.25 from NOP).