What Are Your Ideas for the Waterfront?

Redondo Beach Patch wants to hear readers' ideas for the Redondo Beach waterfront revitalization.

CenterCal Properties has unveiled its preliminary design for the Redondo Beach Pier, International Boardwalk and Redondo Beach Marina.

CenterCal CEO Fred Bruning said he envisions open space, a pedestrian bridge connecting the pier and the Redondo Beach Marina, a boutique hotel on the sand, a market hall and more.

The Redondo Beach City Council has emphasized that first priority should be given to current tenants in the area, though some people have expressed concern that existing businesses may be priced out of the development.

Three more public meetings are scheduled for April 11, May 11 and June 13, though times and venues have not been determined.

What do you want to see on the Redondo Beach waterfront? Tell us your ideas in the comments!

Eric Coleman March 14, 2013 at 12:31 AM
"It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it." — An American Major after the destruction of the Vietnamese Village Ben Tre
Emily March 14, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Open farmers market like the Pike in Seattle (with a homemade cheese factory like in Seattle).
Chris Youra March 14, 2013 at 02:57 AM
I get the 'need' for the bridge, but I honestly think it's going to be an expensive engineering feat and impractical too boot. Don't we want to encourage boaters from other areas to park/visit in that particular marina? Take that rectangular marina near the boardwalk and make it more of a semi-circle to cut down on walk times while encouraging people to visit the shops along it. Keep the active fishing boats in the middle but leave the rest open on a first come, first served basis (and seriously, most of the lovely boats there now never move anyways). I like that Joe's is gone and a real boat ramp is now occupying that spot. Only thing I would add this to is parking cutouts for cabs (along Harbor) where one can easily jump in and get home (like the Hermosa pier area).
Chris Youra March 14, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Nicole-- is there a link handy for a larger version of this map? Thanks!
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) March 14, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Hi Chris, I just uploaded the pdf version of the map that CenterCal sent me this morning. I don't know of a link available online.
Taras Semchyshyn March 14, 2013 at 03:15 PM
As long as Tony's, Najas, and Captain Kidd's survive I am fine with the rest.
Kelly Charles March 14, 2013 at 07:11 PM
And also cutouts for the buses would be nice along Harbor next to the parking structure.
Barbara Epstein March 18, 2013 at 06:42 PM
I hope not. Kinda like the funky feel of the pier; hope we can preserve a little of that.
Barbara Epstein March 18, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Would love to preserve the sea life animal prints, lights, and open space at the end of the pier. Very engaging, especially for the kids. I wouldn't change that at all. No more buildings there! We love hanging there. I fully understand the need for revenue, but over-commercialization would be a death sentence for the project. Keep it simple! Gotta have the bridge plus a merry-go-round nearby somewhere... Too bad Measure A didn't pass; the possibilities would have been endless. The fear tactics sure worked this time!
maureen March 25, 2013 at 04:36 PM
There is no need for a theater. People don't come to the beach to be inside.And theaters draw an unsafe element to the property- just spend a Saturday night at Arclight, DelAmo, or South Bay Galleria theaters. I hope Center Cal is realistic with the rents that they will charge. No one can afford overpriced leases except for chainstores (think Gap, Old Navy)- and those chains won't want to come to this location unless there are some aggressive incentives as the location is such a business risk. Chainstores don't belong at the pier anyway. Keep Tony's, Najas and Captain Kidd's- and try to get some local chefs to open a space at the pier - like Brooke from Hudson House and Chez Melange. These people know the local customers and have grown their business successfully by appealing to the local clientele.
Shannon March 25, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Hi Chris, Try this. http://crb-internet/depts/hbt/default.asp
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry March 26, 2013 at 06:42 PM
I write to remind people about what happened three or more decades ago. Restaurants were built atop the Redondo Pier Parking Garage. But they had no ocean view. Folks didn't drive miles to get to the ocean to then not see it. The restaurants didn't survive. The answer is NOT to build higher and destroy the view and home values of Redondo Beach homeowners at The Village condominiums. I've seen patrons wait forty-five minutes for a window table at The Chart House -- even though the only view was a dense fog bank illuminated by flood lights. We don't have the expansive waterfront of Long Beach and San Pedro. And we don't want the tawdry glitz of the Santa Monica Pier. We are a charming small beach community. Let's not destroy homeowner views. Let's make what we have nice. If patrons cannot see the ocean or a harbor, then it's not a waterfront project. Let's stay focused on what will make our waterfront nice without making Redondo Beach residents miserable.
David Mallen March 27, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Well said, Captain.
DAVID March 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Lynn Lu March 29, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Taht's right< Captain. CenterCal is proposing something taht is not preseving our cultural resources, like TOny's. THe City Council seems to be buying into it,. PLus it will be expensive for the CIty! Please go to meetings and make your voice heard
Chris Youra March 29, 2013 at 05:36 AM
From what I can tell, Tony's and the shops along the pier will remain untouched; the map above indicates as much (aside from a new restaurant added on where hundreds of pigeons currently reside near Kinkaid's).
Chris Youra March 29, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Who said that new hotel would be 15 stories high? It wouldn't be rocket science to keep it low, wide and staggered to maintain the Village view within the current height of the Pier Plaza buildings.
Bob Boren April 06, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Hmmm, well, I remember, back when I was dating, I'd take my date to a movie at the Marina theaters and then go to the pier or other nearby Redondo locations to spend more money. So I'd not write that idea off so quickly.
Bob Boren April 06, 2013 at 04:46 PM
LOL - oh, do you mean the fear tactics like exaggerating the impact of pollution from a natural gas power plant? Please.
Bob Boren April 06, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I like the Pike market.....but I would rather see that somewhere other than down by the pier. Maybe somewhere around the Riviera Village. Otherwise we are going to have all kinds of diesel produce trucks down there every day. Riviera Village is serviced by larger streets that could handle that much better.
Bob Boren April 06, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Good points, Kent.
Bob Boren April 06, 2013 at 04:58 PM
I blew up the pdf - looks to me like Tony's location is untouched. Not happy with the Sportfishing Pier being gone (as it appears, anyway) - but admittedly, that is not used by that many people. It is the only place around to fish for Opaleye and some other species, though.


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