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In June 2019, BCHD began preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Healthy Living Campus as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The process started with five scoping meetings in July 2019 and environmental analyses for the Draft EIR. The next step:
Draft EIR Review and Comment Period: March 8 – June 8, 2021
The Draft EIR is expected to be released March 8 for public review and comment. BCHD has extended the required 45-day public review and comment period to 90 days. There will be a variety of ways members of the public can submit a comment during the 90-day period, including the following tentative dates* to provide oral comment:
- March 24 at 6:30 p.m.
- April 13 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
- April 17 from Noon – 1:30 p.m.
*times and date subject to change
BCHD will make a formal announcement with a final schedule and how members of the public can make and submit official public comments about the technical sufficiency of the Draft EIR impact analysis, mitigation measures and alternatives.
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)
Flagler Lot Activity
Converse Consultants, the geotechnical consultant for Beach Cities Health District, will conduct exploratory excavation work in the vacant lot at the southwest corner of Beryl Street and Flagler Lane on Friday, August 7, starting at 7 a.m. This work is part of the Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment research for BCHD’s proposed Healthy Living Campus project. This work is expected to take less than a day to complete and should not impact traffic for neighbors.
Also, beginning August 17, The Gas Company will use the Flagler Lane lot to store equipment for a project unrelated to Beach Cities Health District. The Gas Company plans to use the Flagler lot through January 2021.
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.