The City of Redondo Beach once had a vibrant
downtown. However, in the past 40 years, the city has seen
the demolishment of many historic commercial buildings and
the destruction of waterfront structures by natural disasters.
Following a visioning charrette by invited experts from the
Urban Land Institute, the City retained a multi-disciplinary
team to develop a specific plan to guide future development
in the downtown area. This team was led by the design firm
of Freedman Tung & Bottomley. Redondo Beach’s Heart
of the City specific plan features a village core that will
transform the harbor area and the surrounding neighborhood
into a vibrant, interconnected waterfront district.
CHS developed the transportation plan, which included guiding
principles for vehicular circulation, parking facility locations,
a major transit center plan that includes park-and-ride
shuttle buses, shared parking guidelines, and a pedestrian/bicycle
path linking Hermosa Beach to the north with the Redondo
Beach Piers to the south. CHS was retained by the City to
prepare the transportation section of the Heart of the City
Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report.
The Heart of the City Specific Plan was unanimously approved
by the Planning Commission and City Council. It has received
an award for Innovative Design for Small Cities from the
Southern California Chapter of the American Planning Association.