South Bay Galleria draft EIR finds ‘unavoidable’ traffic congestion – California News

South Bay Galleria draft EIR finds ‘unavoidable’ traffic congestion – California News

Redondo Beach residents are getting their first look at long-awaited plans for an ambitious makeover of the South Bay Galleria in a newly released environmental impact report.

The 651-page document posted to the city’s website late last week studies several versions of a mixed-use revamp of the mall, with expanded retail and dining, open-air promenades, an apartment complex, a boutique hotel and open space, sending much of the existing surface parking into structures and underground.

Mall owner Forest City has spent years crafting a plan to reinvent the 30-acre indoor mall on the border of north Redondo Beach and Lawndale, which has been struggling amid a declining retail climate and since Nordstrom moved out nearly two years ago.

Although the draft EIR studies a maximum build-out of more than 1.9 million square feet of overall development — including a 650-unit apartment complex — Forest City has indicated that it is leaning toward pursuing a much smaller alternative crafted in response to feedback from neighboring residents.

Construction would begin in April 2020 and take 31/2 years to complete, according to the draft EIR.

Significant impacts

In all, the analysis found four significant impacts that can be offset with other measures, including greenhouse gas emissions, noise and vibration levels during construction and potential impacts to bird nesting and archeological and paleontological resources on the project site.

But even with restriping and signal changes, the analysis found that the project will lead to “unavoidable” significant impacts to traffic congestion during peak hours at three major…

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