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Sunrise for seniors

Sunrise Assisted Living in Manhattan Beach is proposing a two-story complex that’s about 100 apartment units on 1-acre of land. Compare that with the Beach Cities Health District’s proposed 103-foot tall, 6-story, about 200 apartment units on over 10 acres of publicly bought and paid for land. BCHD is building twice as many units on 10-times as much land, and is going up over 130-feet above surrounding homes to catch ocean views, cast long shadows on surrounding residential land uses and reduce the ability to safely use Towers Elementary’s fields for both school and public sports. Based on Sunrise’s plan, BCHD could build a 2-story, 200-unit complex on about 2-acres of our public land and have fewer significant health impacts on the 1,200-plus surrounding residents who opposed the project in a petition. As a three-year BCHD committee member, I was shocked when BCHD raised the size of the proposed facility from 60-feet to 103-feet in response to neighborhood concerns that the 60-foot complex was too big. BCHD is a publicly-owned agency. It either needs to respond to the surrounding neighborhoods, or perhaps it’s time to end BCHD, the same way the BCHD ended the failed South Bay Hospital District — with a stroke of our collective pens.

Mark Nelson

Redondo Beach

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