Moves are being made to lay the groundwork for a renovation of Manhattan Village, the only indoor mall in Manhattan Beach.
The shopping center, which opened in 1980 and includes strip-mall type retail stores in the parking areas outside of the indoor mall, has not had any new buildings added since 2002.
Members of the public now have a 45-day window, through July 23 to comment on the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the revitalization of Manhattan Village. Comments should be sent to the city's Planning Manager Laurie Jester c/o City of Manhattan Beach, Community Development Department, 1400 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by fax at 310.802.5501.
Hardcopies of the DEIR are available for review at the city's Community Development Department, 1400 Highland Avenue and at the Manhattan Beach County of Los Angeles Public Library, 1320 Highland Avenue.
An electronic version of the DEIR is available on the city's website at http://www.citymb.info/manhattanvillage/index.html.
According to the city's website, "A Final EIR, which will incorporate responses to public comments on the Draft EIR, is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year. The project also includes a Master Use Permit, Variance, Sign Program and Sign Exception and a Development Agreement. Planning Commission and City Council public hearings will be held during the process and the public is encouraged to participate and provide input."
A public Planning Commission workshop/meeting on the project will be held June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at city hall, 1400 Highland Avenue.
The current proposed revitalization plans will take place in three phases, according to a press release:
THE VILLAGE SHOPS
• Construction of approximately 60,000 square feet of net new retail/restaurant space in a pedestrian-friendly “village” surrounding the existing California Pizza Kitchen and China Grill buildings.
• Construction of two separate, parking decks adjacent to the new village shops as well as demolition of “Parcel 17” shops (Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, East Coast Bagels, See’s Candies and Great Earth Vitamins).
NORTHEAST CORNER (contingent on Macy's decision to expand its current store)
• Construction of an approximately 50,000 square foot addition to the north side of the existing Macy’s store.
• Demolition of the existing 21,128 square feet of retail/theater buildings.
• Construction of a parking deck adjacent to the Macy’s store.
NORTHWEST CORNER (Following the departure of Fry’s Electronics upon its lease expiration, in 2016.)
• Demolition of the existing 46,200-square-foot Fry’s store.
• Construction of approximately 82,000 square feet of new retail/restaurant space.
• Connection of the Fry’s corner parking lot to the main center parking lot by building over the existing railroad culvert.
“We believe this plan will allow us to continue to attract and retain the high-quality tenants Manhattan Beach deserves, without losing our center’s small-town charm,” said Ruth Tewalt, Manhattan Village's general manager. “We have been working closely with our neighbors and the city over the past several years to develop this proposal, and in the coming months, we will continue to partner with our key constituents to ensure we can all be proud of the completed project.”