‐‐‐ Press Release ‐‐‐
June 15, 2016
Since Fall of 2014, Redondo Beach residents have been fighting against the over-development of the
Hollywood Riviera area. Save the Riviera, a grassroots community network, was formed in the fall of 2014 and
has worked to educate and mobilize the community on reasonable and sustainable development of the area.
Thanks to another huge turnout by residents at the City Council hearing, Wednesday morning (6/15/16), at
1:40am, after 7 ½ hours of public hearings with more than 150 people in attendance and almost 60 speaking out
opposed to the project, the City Council issued a resolution sustaining in part an appeal and approving
construction of a much-reduced apartment and commercial mixed-use development. This property, located at
1700 S. Pacific Coast Highway (the site of the former Bristol Farms and Palos Verdes Inn), if agreed by the
developer, would consist of 115 apartments (down from 146) and 23,800 square feet of commercial (the same
as requested by the developer), and a renovated Palos Verdes Inn.
The developer, Legado Companies, LLC of Beverly Hills, CA has owned this property since 2006 and has not
maintained it, allowing it to fall into disrepair. A fire at the Palos Verdes Inn one year ago resulted in Legado
shuttering the hotel.
Legado had originally proposed building 180 apartments with over 37,000 square feet of commercial
development but residents protested the massiveness of the structures. Redondo’s Planning Commission asked
that Legado come back with a more reasonable proposal that would be in keeping with the character of the
community. Legado then proposed 149 apartments with the same amount of commercial square footage. Due to
the out-of-character- for-the-community design, traffic, and safety impacts, the Planning Commission again sent
Legado back to the drawing board. The Planning Commission eventually voted to deny the project.
Tuesday evening, Legado’s proposal for just 3 fewer apartments (146) and less commercial square footage was
heard but not accepted by the City Council which, after hours of listening to residents and Legado owner, Ed
Czuker and his attorneys, issued its own resolution for a project that addresses residents’ main concerns while
meeting city zoning and general plan requirements.
Save the Riviera hopes that the developer will agree to this plan. Although our hoped-for outcome would have
been for an even smaller development, this is a compromise. We believe it is a reasonable solution for the City,
the residents, and the developer. Regardless, this is a Win-Win-Win.
Save the Riviera thanks you for being a partner in working to retain the character and charm of the Hollywood
Riviera while encouraging reasonable and sustainable revitalization and development. Please make sure to
thank Councilmembers Bill Brand, Christian Horvath, and Stephen Sammarco for their votes against the 146-
apartment proposal and for their creativity and quick work in coming up with this new 115-apartment proposal.
Save the Riviera, a grassroots citizens’ organization dedicated to preserving the unique character of the
Hollywood Riviera and its environs through sustainable development and revitalization, has been at the
forefront of mobilizing resident involvement.
CONTACT: Nils Nehrenheim – Nils.Nehrenheim@gmail.com (310) 344‐1678