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To ensure the Healthy Living Campus best serves our community, we will continue to conduct public meetings to allow local residents to learn about the project, provide detailed feedback and interact with BCHD representatives and the project team.  Additionally, the public will be able to supply input during the public comment period and public hearing that follow the release of the Draft EIR. As the project moves forward, we will send periodic updates when significant developments occur.

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BEACH CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT TO HOST HEALTHY LIVING CAMPUS COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, MARCH 23

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Beach Cities Health District To Host Healthy Living Campus Community Open House Saturday, March 23

BEACH CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT TO HOST HEALTHY LIVING CAMPUS COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, MARCH 23

WHAT: Beach Cities Health District will host a community open house to display new conceptual renderings for its Healthy Living Campus master plan. The event will be open to the public and conducted where the proposed campus will be developed. The event will also include a walking tour of the site, AdventurePlex inflatable bounce house, garden demos, massages, food tastings and more.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Beach Cities Health District,514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach

BACKGROUND:Since 2017, Beach Cities Health District has been working with the community to reimagine our aging campus to better reflect our mission and meet the current health needs of Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach residents.

When the 15-year master plan is completed, the intergenerational Healthy Living Campus – designed for all ages – will include a Community Wellness Pavilion with health and wellness services, meetings/conferences, a demonstration kitchen, rooftop space for exercise classes, approximately 420 Residential Care For the Elderly units, an upgraded child development center and Center for Health & Fitness, more than four acres of active green space and walking and bike paths.

“For the past two years, we’ve been working closely with residents to re-imagine our 11-acre campus to chart the future of preventive health in the Beach Cities,” says Beach Cities Health District CEO Tom Bakaly. “This community open house allows us to update residents about how the Healthy Living Campus plans have developed and to continue to collect public input. The vision for this campus is a vibrant, research-driven center where people can learn and engage in healthy behaviors, form meaningful connections and be well…for many generations to come.”

Media Contact: Catherine Bem, Catherine.bem@bchd.org, 310-374-3426, ext. 255

WRINKLES IN TIME

EASY READER
Beach Cities Health District shows off its new plans for the future

WRINKLES IN TIME

by David Mendez, Easy Reader

Beach Cities Health District shows off its new plans for the future: Senior residences, community space, and the evolution of medical care

The Beach Cities Health District’s new Healthy Living Campus Master Plan includes a Community Wellness Pavilion, which looks to fuse meeting spaces, learning spaces and activities at the health district’s heart. Image courtesy Beach Cities Health District

South Bay Hospital opened in 1960 with 146 patient beds to help fill a gap in the Beach Cities, creating a central hub for acute and emergency medical care. The hospital expanded and contracted over the years, adding wings and beds before eventually cutting jobs and emergency services in the ’90s, transforming from an acute-care hospital district into the preventative care-focused Beach Cities Health District.

Now BCHD is seeking another transformation, by revitalizing its aging buildings at 510 and 514 N. Prospect Ave. in Redondo into a complex that they call the “Healthy Living Campus,” a plan that almost completely re-envisions the 11 acre site as a central hub for community health, including residential care for the elderly alongside the health district’s gym, child care and community education centers.

“Our campus was a hybrid — medical, with a little bit of community,” said BCHD CEO Tom Bakaly. “We’re now saying that we want to shift more to the community, with a little bit of medical, and we think that there’s a way to help fund that through residential care for the elderly, which is a need for the community.”

A master plan released at last month’s BCHD Board of Directors meeting shows plans to replace two major buildings, the hospital’s central plant and a parking structure with 608,339 total square feet of development. That plan including 420 residential care units for the elderly, a Child Development Center, a brand-new Center for Health and Fitness and acres of green open space.

The crown jewel of the development is the project’s Community Wellness Pavilion, a space viewed by district staff as a hub for community presentations, cooking demonstrations, meeting spaces, and a visitor/education center.

The open green space has designed as an active area, used for farmers markets, community events, and a free fitness space for events such as the Health District’s popular Zumba in the Park.

“I’m excited for the three beach cities and the Health District to lead the way in what community health looks like,” Bakaly said. “We’re doing that through our programs, and we’re wanting to know if the community wants to take that step to truly look like where we’re at and show how we can be a model for the rest of the country.”

Looking southwest at the existing BCHD campus (left) and the proposed Master Plan (right) from the intersection of Beryl Street and Flagler Lane. The Master Plan would place a Child Development Center near the intersection. Images courtesy Beach Cities Health District

The evolution of the site indicates a pivot for the Health District, which has recently found difficulty in retaining tenants and leasing medical office space on its medical campus. Medical office space on the site would be drastically reduced, while residential facilities for the elderly — which have a home on the site in Silverado Memory Care — would be expanded.

“Our goal is to further health and fill gaps; we don’t want to provide redundant services,” said BCHD spokesman Eric Garner. “We know there’s a need for residential care; we know there’s a need for us to have a space that furthers our mission for preventative health services; and we know that there’s a surplus of medical office buildings and spaces available to the community, so we don’t see that as a need.”

The project represents an approximate increase of 286,000 square feet in new development over the existing 11-acre campus. However, a traffic study commissioned by the Health District indicates that, though development on the site would nearly double, the campus would generate fewer daily, morning and evening peak hour trips than the existing site thanks to the severe reduction in medical office space.

“What we’re showing in preliminary trip estimates is, because we’re shifting uses, fewer trips will be generated,” Bakaly said. “Medical office use drives a lot more traffic and a much higher parking requirement.”

BCHD identified a need for housing after looking at demographic trends in the Beach Cities. Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan have some of the highest concentrations of Baby Boomers out of all cities in Los Angeles County, and population estimates figure that the median age will continue to climb. Providing housing, therefore, fits within the District’s mission to help residents age within their communities.

A 2016 study commissioned by the District further indicates that the region can support a net 400 additional senior residential units. Counting the existing 60 units run by Silverado, the new project would net 360 new senior units.

But the backlash against the development has been felt by many of its supporters — even one who often falls against new development plans.

A labeled chart of uses for the Beach Cities Health District Master Plan. Image courtesy BCHD.

Development activist Jim Light was brought in by BCHD to sit on its Community Working Group, and has continually been impressed by the changes made to the campus, including a push to swap surface parking for parking under the project.

“This is the first developer who has talked to the people, offered a plan, and redid it from the ground up,” Light said. “The public open space grew and is usable because it’s been consolidated; the gym grew substantially, and putting in that huge community center? I was actually astonished at what they came back with.”

Light also praised the architectural design, by Paul Murdoch Architects and Withee Malcolm Architects. He admits that he’s not fond of building 420 residential units, but notes that residential care facilities for the elderly generate fewer trips than medical office space.

“But I can understand it, especially if they’re going to set some of its prices at points Redondo residents can afford,” Light said. “I commend their activities, and they need to generate revenue to do that.”

The financials of the project — how much it will cost, and how the project will be phased — are planned for discussion at the Health District’s next Board of Directors meeting, Feb. 27. The likely cost of residences on the property is even further away.

“We haven’t been through environmental impact reports…but we want to make sure the community is OK with the philosophical shift in our evolution,” Bakaly said.

“The decision to focus on preventative health was directed in 1998 by a board that had the foresight to understand that an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure,” Garner added. “The smart money is on prevention, and it’s time for the campus to reflect that.”

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To Learn more about the Healthy Living Campus, visit bchdcampus.org or submit your feedback here

BEACH CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT UNVEILS REVISED, SMALLER CAMPUS PLANS WITH ROOFTOP GARDENS

DAILY BREEZE
Beach Cities Health District unveils revised, smaller campus plans with rooftop gardens

BEACH CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT UNVEILS REVISED, SMALLER CAMPUS PLANS WITH ROOFTOP GARDENS

By Kirsten Farmer, The Beach Reporter

The proposed Healthy Living Campus project coming to Redondo Beach hit a milestone Wednesday night, Jan. 22.

After postponing the project for almost a year, the Beach Cities Health District unveiled a revised master plan for its 11-acre campus between Prospect Avenue, Flagler Lane and Beryl Street in Redondo Beach.

The first redevelopment plans for the site and 63-year-old former hospital building were presented in 2017.

Those plans were met with concerns from the community about potential traffic impacts, building heights, integration with the surrounding area, broad community benefits, intergenerational programming and more green space.

In January 2018, BCHD pressed pause on getting city approval and instead, listened to consultants and the community to make revisions.

“We’ve been working with the community for the last year to take a broader view of our Healthy Living Campus,” said CEO Tom Bakaly in a phone interview Jan. 23. “What we heard was people wanted it to be intergenerational … a sense of place where the community could connect and be connected to the neighborhood … a place where we could showcase our center of excellence program that we have around community health.”

The re-imagined plan, which will downsize the site from its current 705,549 square feet to 608,339 square feet, took into account more than 1,000 comments from 60 community meetings.

It incorporates the following changes from the original plan:

  • 4-storied buildings instead of 6-7 story buildings
  • Nixing a planned parking structure from the Flagler lot
  • An increase in active green space, including the addition of rooftop gardens
  • A decrease in the total number of assisted living units from 460 to 420 (60 of those are already onsite memory care units at Silverado)
  • The addition of a community wellness pavilion
  • The removal of campus access from Diamond Street

The new plan will also include a modernized center for health and fitness, 420 residential care units for seniors, a community presentation hall as well as flexible meeting spaces, a demonstration kitchen, rooftop gathering spaces and a cafe.

Bakaly said the proposed, reworked master plan presented Wednesday accomplishes the goals raised in the public outreach process and more, including mitigating impacts such as traffic.

“It’s a master plan that really looks at what the campus could be for the next several years,” he said. “Over the next few months, the board will decide whether this is a master plan that they want to move forward with and begin the Environmental Impact Review process.”

The community will be invited to give input on the fresh design concept at open houses slated for March, according to BCHD officials.

The next board meeting to consider initiating that EIR process will be March 27.

For more information, visit bchd.org/healthylivingcampus.

READ FULL DAILY BREEZE ARTICLE HERE

BEACH CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT REDUCES FOOTPRINT, ADDS ROOFTOP GARDENS IN HEALTHY LIVING CAMPUS PLANS

THE BEACH REPORT
Beach Cities Health District reduces footprint, adds rooftop gardens in Healthy Living Campus plans

BEACH CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT REDUCES FOOTPRINT, ADDS ROOFTOP GARDENS IN HEALTHY LIVING CAMPUS PLANS

By Kirsten Farmer, The Beach Reporter

The proposed Healthy Living Campus project coming to Redondo Beach hit a milestone Wednesday night.

After postponing the project for almost a year, the Beach Cities Health District unveiled a revised master plan for its 11-acre campus.

The first redevelopment plans for the site and 63-year-old former hospital building were presented in 2017.

Those plans were met with concerns from the community about potential traffic impacts, building heights, integration with the surrounding area, broad community benefits, intergenerational programming and more green space.

BCHD pressed pause on getting city approval and instead, listened to consultants and the community to make revisions.

“We’ve been working with the community for the last year to take a broader view of our Healthy Living Campus,” said CEO Tom Bakaly in a phone interview Jan. 23. “What we heard was people wanted it to be intergenerational ... a sense of place where the community could connect and be connected to the neighborhood ... a place where we could showcase our center of excellence program that we have around community health.”

The re-imagined plan, which will downsize the site from its current 705,549 square feet to 608,339 square feet, took into account more than 1,000 comments from 60 community meetings.

It incorporates the following changes from the original plan:

  • 4-storied buildings instead of 6-7 story buildings

  • Nixing a planned parking structure from the Flagler lot

  • An increase in active green space, including the addition of rooftop gardens

  • The addition of a community wellness pavilion

  • The removal of campus access from Diamond Street

The new plan will also include a modernized center for health and fitness, 420 residential care units for seniors, a community presentation hall as well as flexible meeting spaces, a demonstration kitchen, rooftop gathering spaces and a Blue Zones cafe.

Bakaly said the proposed, reworked master plan presented Wednesday accomplishes the goals raised in the public outreach process and more, including mitigating impacts such as traffic.  

“It’s a master plan that really looks at what the campus could be for the next several years,” he said. “Over the next few months, the board will decide whether this is a master plan that they want to move forward with and begin the Environmental Impact Review process.”

The community will be invited to give input on the fresh design concept at open houses slated for March, according to BCHD officials.

The next board meeting to consider initiating that EIR process will be March 27.

For more information, visit bchd.org/healthylivingcampus.

READ FULL BEACH REPORTER ARTICLE HERE

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