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REASONS TO OPPOSE

5+ years of construction = PERMANENT damage to our community and quality of life. 

MASSIVE

CLEARLY INCOMPATIBLE WITH SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS

  • BCHD proposed buildings are wholly incompatible with the surrounding neighborhoods, and disruptive for the location. Completed construction is 300% larger than currently exists.

    • Though BCHD claims the revised version of the campus is "smaller" the Phase 1 design is actually TALLER (6 stories vs. 4 and 103 ft. tall vs. 60 ft.

    • The massive luxury Assisted Living Facility (RCFE) would be the TALLEST building in all three of the beach cities (save two condos built in the early 1970s in Redondo Beach). It's on a HIGHLY visible elevated site rising 30 ft. above street level. The massive facility is 103 ft. tall and sits 133.5 ft. above homes.

  • The proposed 6-story, city blocks-long assisted living building and 8-story parking garage will block views, reduce sunlight, cast long shadows and impact the privacy of surrounding homes in all directions.

  • The 11-acre construction site sits on a bluff, 30 ft. above street level, and another 30 ft. above homes to the east.                                                                                                                                Learn more...

 
NOISE
CANNOT BE MITIGATED
  • Per the DEIR: CONSTRUCTION NOISE CANNOT BE MITIGATED – EXCEEDS Federal Transit Administration (FTA) THRESHOLD for the entire 5+ years of construction. Impact is Significant.

    • “The construction noise levels would exceed Federal Transit Administration (FTA) thresholds and this impact would remain significant and unavoidable during both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the proposed Project.

    • From the DEIR: “Construction-related noise would be significant. Construction activities associated with proposed Project... would result in a temporary, but prolonged increase in noise levels at the following noise-sensitive residential areas:

    1. Beryl Street between North Prospect and Flagler Lane\

    2. Flagler Lane and Flagler Alley between Beryl Street and North Prospect Avenue

    3. Diamond Street between Flagler Alley and North Prospect Avenue

    4. North Prospect Avenue between Diamond Street and Beryl Street.”

  • More than 60 hours of construction per week. 6 days a week of construction; (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; and  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays)

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TRAFFIC
  • Increased traffic, congestion and safety issues will overwhelm nearby neighborhood streets with nearly 10,000 heavy haul trips planned during construction, not counting worker trips.

  • Heavy haul truck route - Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance to Del Amo Blvd to N. Prospect on to the site past homes and West High School. Heavy haul truck egress is from Flagler site to Beryl, directly behind Towers Elementary to 190th; directly on busy school drop-off and pick-up zone.

  • All major surrounding thoroughfares and intersections in the cities of Redondo Beach and Torrance will be impacted.

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HEALTH HAZARDS
  • The proposed project will expose thousands of residents, the public, and nearby schools to a minimum of 5 ACTIVE years of demolition and construction, hazardous cancer-causing pollutants, noise, vibration, and daily disruptions. 

    • Towers Elementary school with 600+ school children aged 4-10, teachers and staff is located just 350 ft. downwind from the demolition and construction site

    • Beryl Heights Elementary school with 450+ school children is ~900 ft. away

    • Redondo Union and West High schools with over 5,000 students combined are 0.3  and 0.7 miles away.

  • Hazardous VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and carcinogens were found on the site. According to the Phase II Environmental Assessment Report by Converse Consultants dated 2/26/20. PCE (perchloroethylene) was detected in 29 of 30 samples, with findings of levels in amounts up to 150 times the allowable residential screening level.​​​

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POOR USE OF TAXPAYER FUNDS

  • The BCHD project would be the ONLY neighborhood incompatible use of a P-CF zoned site in Redondo Beach. All other 6 P-CF zoned parcels besides BCHD are 2 stories or less: Andrews Park, North Branch Library, Grant Fire Station, Broadway Fire Station, Beryl Maintenance Yard/Police Range, etc.

  • Land zoned P-CF should not be used for private developers. RCFEs are commercial enterprises that  belong in commercial/residential zones. 

  • The public health district has strayed far beyond its mission, now planning to "gift" public land in a very long-term lease (likely ~50 to 100-years) to private developers for it's massive $374M assisted living project. 

  • BCHD plans a 20/80 business partnership where they retain only 20% interest.

  • BCHD is using $7.6M of taxpayer money for HLC Pre-development planning 

  • According to the Market Feasibility Study performed by their consultants MDS

    • 80% of target renters are from outside the Beach Cities 

    • Only 9% of the target renters live in Redondo Beach,

  • Redondo Beach public services such as Fire Department/Paramedics will be excessively taxed with the 24/7 operation of the proposed 325-bed assisted living and 400+ PACE program.

  • BCHD refuses to take responsible actions that any public entity is required to do - live within their means and reduce expenses when necessary

  • South Bay Hospital - the only construction ever voter-approved on the site, was sized exclusively for the Beach Cities. 

BCHD - MISSION CREEP and NON-TRANSPARENCY

  • BCHD is the BOTH the Lead Agency and Certifier/Approver of its own EIR. They can cite “overriding considerations” to un-mitigatible hazards, which are already  included in a budgeted line item in BCHD EIR financials.

  • Rather than going for a public vote for a bond to finance a retrofit of the building, as is common for public agencies, BCHD has chosen to avoid going to the taxpayer/owners and chose "development" over this option, as Bakaly stated in the Dec. 2020 Board meeting.

  • BCHD's perceived "moneymaker" - the massive luxury RCFE is built in Phase 1. Phase 2 is the "Community" portion of the project is not funded.  

  • BCHD's seismic consultants clearly stated that there is no legal obligation to retrofit the 514 hospital building and that it can likely be used until 2040. Ultimately, retrofitting and remodeling the building is clearly a responsible choice.

 

Despite mass public opposition, a petition signed by 1200+ registered voter residents, and the ramifications of the pandemic, BCHD is moving forward in the process.

Please let your elected officials, decision makers, and others affected know that you oppose this project; they must take the responsible action.

See What the Public Says here

 

See BCHD Overdevelopment Facebook for additional reasons.

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