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Rendering of the proposed Sunrise Senior Living community at 250-400 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (Screenshot from draft environmental impact report.)

Manhattan Beach residents can now review a draft of an environmental study for the city’s first senior assisted living facility.

The proposed Sunrise Senior Living community, coming potentially to a 1.2 acre site on the southeast corner of Sepulveda Boulevard and Fifth Street, would replace the two-story Goat Hill shopping plaza, 350 N. Sepulveda Blvd., that houses Rinaldi’s Deli, a Two Guns Espresso, retail and personal service businesses; a one-story restaurant and medical office building, 400 N. Sepulveda Blvd.; and a one-story restaurant building, 250 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

The state-mandated study, called a draft environmental impact report, analyzes potential consequences of a proposed development. Those interested have until 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, to submit comments, either by email to associate planner Angelica Ochoa, aochoa@citymb.info; or by mail to City of Manhattan Beach, Attn: Angelica Ochoa, Community Development Department, 1400 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach.

The City Council will consider approving the proposed project during public hearings this summer.

The draft EIR was previously expected in 2019, but the project team had to revise their plans to comply with city regulations before the report could be completed, said Community Development Director Carrie Tai.

Sunrise Development, the company behind the facility, also has nearby locations in Hermosa Beach and Torrance.

The senior residential building in Manhattan Beach would have 95 rooms — 64 of them assisted living units and 31 of them memory care for patients with Alzheimer’s and other memory loss conditions — 115 beds and a kitchen. The facility would also have several common areas, including a foyer, parlor, bistro, private dining room, general dining rooms, activity rooms and staff rooms.

Before construction, workers would demolish nearly 52,000 square feet of commercial buildings and parking lots. Then, they’d erect the almost 80,000 square-foot assisted living building and a partially underground 61-space parking structure.

Sidewalks on Fifth Street and North Sepulveda Boulevard would have to be replaced, with an accessible ramp installed on the intersection’s northwest corner.

Some residents expressed concern, during a 2018 meeting on the project, about the facility impacting the area’s small-town feel, as well as traffic safety around the nearby Mira Costa High School.

The draft EIR lists potential mitigation efforts for the various environmental consequences that could stem from the project.

But the report also lists, as required by state environmental law, potential alternatives to the project altogether. Those options include letting the current remain untouched, constructing a two-story retail building, or reducing the proposed building’s height by 10 feet from the current 205 feet and shaving the number of rooms down to 57.  Although the reduced model would be the most environmentally sound — generating less traffic, noise and pollution — cutting 38 rooms from the plan would not be financially viable, the report says.

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