The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Board of Directors voted to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the District’s Healthy Living Campus Master Plan, verifying the document complies with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The vote was taken during the Board Meeting Wed., Sept. 8 and was 5-0 in favor of certification, coming after two and a half hours of presentations, board deliberations and public comments. More than 300 public comments and responses were included in the 1,778-page Final EIR.
Next steps for the project include a review of the proposed plan and the six alternatives that were analyzed in the EIR. This process will include continued community outreach and trade-off discussions, public surveys, committee meetings and BCHD’s Strategic Planning meeting in October.
Draft EIR Review and Comment Period: March 10 – June 10, 2021
All official Draft EIR public comments received by the June 10 deadline will be included and responded to in the final Environmental Impact Report. Draft EIR comments address the technical sufficiency of the impact analysis, mitigation measures and alternatives. There are numerous methods to submit comments, including:
The Final EIR document is now available on bchdcampus.org./eir.
A refined Draft Master Plan was presented at the June 17 virtual Board of Directors Meeting. The pared-down project includes:
- Fewer Units: Reducing Residential Care for the Elderly (RCFE) units from 420 to 220;
- Smaller Building Sizes: Reducing the square footage of the new buildings from 423,000 sf to 253,700 sf; with plans to shift them farther from adjacent homes;
- Less Construction Time: Active construction time is shortened from nine to five years in two phases (instead of three)
About the Project
Beach Cities Health District, one of the leading preventive health agencies in the nation, is working with the community to reimagine our aging, former hospital site to better reflect our mission and meet the current health needs of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach residents. In pursuit of this vision, since May 2017 we've collected feedback from the community, consulted with experts and publicly vetted numerous designs and concepts for the 11-acre site with our board of directors. A master plan to create a contemporary Healthy Living Campus anchored in Health, Livability and Community has emerged from this iterative community-driven process.
This once-in-a-generation project is our community’s unique opportunity to chart the future of health in the Beach Cities by purposefully building an intergenerational, vibrant campus where people can engage in healthy behaviors, form meaningful connections and be well … for many generations to come.