The revised master plan for the Beach Cities' Health District Healthy Living Campus reduces the overall footprint of the development and adds green space. The plans were put on pause for almost a year as the health district addressed community concerns during 2018 about too much pavement and traffic. (Jan. 2019 rendering courtesy of BCHD)

The Beach Cities Health District will hold four public meetings this month to discuss the proposed Healthy Living Campus in Redondo Beach, kicking off the process of creating a document analyzing the potential environmental impacts should the project happen.

The public meetings — required by state law — are designed to solicit feedback from residents on possible impacts the project might have and any alternatives that might be considered. The meetings will precede the creation of an environmental impact report, which will take several months to complete.

The project, under current plans, will expand the health district’s campus to nearly 11 acres and provide a host of community-health services, from a child development center to an assisted-living facility.

The health district submitted a master plan to Redondo Beach in January, downsizing its original design after taking several months in 2018 to consider public feedback.

The “open house” meetings will include a brief presentation on the project. The forums are set for:

  • 6-8 p.m. July 15 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.;
  • 2-3:30 p.m. July 15 in the Beach Cities Room, on the lower level, at the Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach;
  • 6-8 p.m. July 17 at the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 N. Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach; and
  • 6-8 p.m. July 22 at the Hermosa Beach City Council Chambers, 1315 Valley Drive.

The redevelopment plan calls for remodeling the 63-year-old former hospital building on the health district’s campus. It will also extend the campus beyond its current 10-acre footprint — by another 0.43 acres — to a district-owned lot, on the southwest corner of Flagler Lane and Beryl Street, that’s been vacant for decades; that lot is where the district would construct part of a 420-unit assisted living and memory care facility, all revolving around a centralized green space and a wellness center.

The total developed square footage on the site would roughly double, from about 300,000 square feet currently to a proposed 600,000 square feet.

The campus would also include a child development care center and other services to make it multi-generational. A rooftop garden and atrium space, as well as pedestrian and bicycle paths, are designed throughout.

Construction is expected to take three years; the first stage, expected to begin in summer 2021, will include the removal of 70,000 square feet of surface parking, to be replaced with a new subterranean parking structure.

The Redondo Beach Planning Commission will ultimately need to approve the proposal.

A complete description of the project, along with an initial study, is available on the health district’s website, BCHD.org. Written comments can be sent to EIR@bchd.org no later than July 29.

The Beach Cities Health District is a public entity that collects tax dollars as a special district. Those taxes allow it to provide services as a community-based health care organization, with a focus on wellness and prevention.

Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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