South Bay Galleria Improvement Project Final EIR and Public Hearing

 

At its meeting of April 19, 2018, the Planning Commission approved the Galleria Improvement Project.  The project will next be considered by the City Council on a date yet to be determined.  Notice for the City Council public hearing will be provided on this page.

CITY OF REDONDO BEACH

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

[Previously scheduled for March 15, 2018]

PUBLIC NOTICE THAT THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THURSDAY APRIL 19, 2018 FOR THE SOUTH BAY GALLERIA IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, INCLUDING NOTICE OF INTENT TO CERTIFY AND ADOPT A FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT, WATER SUPPLY ASSESSMENT, FINDINGS, STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS, A MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM (INCLUDING POTENTIAL MODIFICATIONS TO THE PROPOSED MITIGATION MEASURES), AND TO CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR PLANNING COMMISSION DESIGN REVIEW,  CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT, VARIANCE, AND VESTING TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 74481

 

Project Title:       The South Bay Galleria Improvement Project

Project Location:  1815 Hawthorne Boulevard

Notice Date:           March 15, 2018

 

Project Description:  The project is located at 1815 Hawthorne Boulevard, on approximately 29.85 acres in the City of Redondo Beach. The project site is roughly square in shape and is bound by Artesia Boulevard to the north, Kingsdale Avenue to the west, Hawthorne Boulevard to the east, and by the 150-foot-wide Southern California Edison high voltage easement to the south.  The project site currently contains approximately 971,101 square feet of existing building floor area.  The proposed project consists of modifications and additions to the existing 29.85-acre South Bay Galleria enclosed mall property in the City of Redondo Beach. The proposed project includes demolishing some existing structures and redesigning portions of the site by combining expanded retail and dining venues with open-air promenades, hotel, and residential development. The project applicant/subdivider (South Bay Associates SPE, LLC), requested environmental review in 2014 and the Notice of Preparation and Environmental Initial Study was made available to the public on October 1, 2015 (File No.2015-09-EIR-001). The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was made available for review and comment from July 28, 2017 to September 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

 

The DEIR analyzed development of the Proposed Project up to a total of 1,950,565 square feet (sf) of building floor area, which included up to 650 residential units.  However, applications submitted by the applicant have requested a lesser amount of development of 1,593,144 sf of building floor area (i.e. Alternative 4/4-1), which would include retail square footage, including department stores, mall shops, dining and entertainment, which would be increased. Alternative 4/4-1 includes a hotel of up to 150 rooms, up to 300 residential apartment homes, and up to 50,000 sf of office space. Currently, the site does not contain any residential units or overnight accommodations, but the project site is identified in the City of Redondo Beach 2013–2021 General Plan Housing Element as the “site with the greatest potential for future residential development” in the entire City. The approval of the project by the City is contingent upon the review and certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report and approval of other entitlements, such as Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 74481 for subdivision, a potential Variance to exceed the maximum building height/stories for a portion of the project, a Master Conditional Use Permit for future allowable uses, and a Planning Commission Design Review for design of the development. At the public hearing the Planning Commission will consider approval, disapproval, or modifications/conditions to the Proposed Project or an Alternative.

 

The Final EIR, which includes response to comments, was made available on February 1, 2018 at locations 1 through 5:

 

  1. City of Redondo Beach, Community Development Department, 415 Diamond Street, Door ‘E,” Redondo Beach, California 90277

  2. City of Redondo Beach, City Clerk, 415 Diamond Street, Door “C”, Redondo Beach, California 90277

  3. Redondo Beach Public Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, California 90277

  4. Redondo Beach Public Library - North Branch, 2000 Artesia Boulevard, Redondo Beach, California 90277

  5. Online at www.redondo.org (follow link to South Bay Galleria on Home Page)

     

    Final EIR reference materials are available for review on DVD upon request at location 1 above.  Any person wishing to comment on the project may provide written comments to Stacey Kinsella, Associate Planner, at the City of Redondo Beach, 415 Diamond Street, Redondo Beach, California 90277 or via email to Stacey Kinsella. Please include the name of a designated contact person. She may also be reached at (310) 318-0637, Ext. 2232 if you have any questions.  Persons wishing to have written correspondence distributed to the Planning Commission prior to the public hearing must submit the written correspondence no later than 3:00 pm the day of the public hearing.

     

    Public Hearing: The Planning Commission of the City of Redondo Beach will hold a public hearing on the proposed project on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, in the City Council Chambers, 415 Diamond Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.  The hearing will generally include a presentation by staff, a presentation by the applicant, a comment period open to the public and the applicant/subdivider, and deliberations by the Planning Commission. Agenda materials related to the public hearing, including the administrative report, will be available 72 hours prior to the public hearing in accordance with State Law and local ordinance at locations 1) through 5) listed above.

    If you challenge the project decision in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Redondo Beach at, or prior to, the public hearing.

    Action regarding certification of an Environmental Impact Report, a Planning Commission Design Review, a Conditional Use Permit, a Variance, and a Vesting Tentative Tract Map may be appealed to the City Council for a fee. These items must be appealed to the City Council by the tenth (10th) day following such decision (or on the next working day if the tenth (10th) day falls on a weekend or holiday). The system of appeals is described in greater detail in the Redondo Beach Municipal Code (RBMC), including §§ 10-2.2506(g), 10-2.2502(g), 10-2.2510 (g), 10-3.901, 10-1.506, 10-1.906, and 10-1.1011. Potential appellants are advised to review these procedures for further details and applicability.

         POSTED AND MAILED : MARCH 8, 2018

         PUBLISH: MARCH 15, 2018 (EASY READER)

Galleria Project Renderings (Reduced file size for ease of download.  Ensure pop-ups are enabled.)

Galleria Project Vesting Tentative Tract Map (Ensure pop-ups are enabled)

Galleria Project Planning Commission Staff Report with Attachments