On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the wall separating The Strand in south Hermosa and Redondo Beach will be coming down.
The wall is being torn down to make way for the Harbor/Herondo Gateway Improvement Project with the groundbreaking ceremony slated for Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 3:30 p.m.
The scope of the project consists of reconstructing Parking Lot 13 at the corner of Herondo Street and Harbor Drive into a welcome plaza “parkette” featuring public art, open space, landscaping, lighting, installation of a bi-directional bike-path separated by a landscaped buffer along Harbor Drive. Herondo Street and Harbor Drive will be resurfaced and pedestrian crossings improved. A portion of the parking will be maintained for beach-goers.
When interim assistant city manager Mike Witzansky presented the project to City Council in July, Council member Bill Brand suggested a groundbreaking ceremony, and all agreed.
“Ever since I got elected to Council, I’ve been pulling levers here and there trying to get that wall taken down,” Brand said. “We should have some sort of ceremony when we tear down that wall. Get those sledgehammers out; that will be our groundbreaking.”
The project is scheduled to be completed by May 2015, in time for the increased summer flow of bikes and pedestrians. The existing parking lot will lose 75 percent of the spaces to make room for the new park, which will feature three pieces of whimsical kinetic art.
The project is estimated to cost just under $4 million and is being funded from a variety of transportation-restricted federal, state and county sources with only some funds from the city, which are also restricted for transportation improvement projects. Funding for the project comes from more than $2.3 million in State Gas Tax Funds, $1.1 million from Proposition C Transportation Funds, $225,000 in Measure R Transportation Funds, $535,000 in CA Bicycle Transportation Grant funds, approximately $260,000 in Trash Hauler Impact Fees and $165,000 in Capital Improvement Funds.
The plans were developed through an extensive community outreach effort. The project was reviewed and supported by waterfront stakeholders including the Harbor Planning and Public Works Commissions, Beach Cities Health District, South Bay Bicycle Coalition and Hermosa Beach City Council.
A construction hotline has been established to provide traffic and parking updates for the affected areas—(310) 318-0649.