BCHD CEO BAKALY (Taxpayer pay $300K+ yearly) REFUSES TO SHARE THE PROJECT DESIGN
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REDONDO BEACH CITY COUNCIL OVERTURNS APPROVAL OF OVERSIZED DEVELOPMENT
Last month, the City Council appealed and overturned (3-2 vote) its own Planning Department’s pro-developer decision that would have allowed 120 to 240 tenants in a 30 apartment rental building at 100-132 Catalina Ave. This a good sign for the Public and its right to limit BCHD’s damages to both Torrance and Redondo Beach residents. Following the approval of the project by the Planning Department, the City Council itself appealed and overturned the decision. Hopefully this sent a clear message to the Planning Department that they work for the Public … not for Developers! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a 4-1 vote instead to control overdevelopment like BCHD and PMB LLC?
BCHD/PMB LLCs PROJECT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH TORRANCE OR REDONDO BEACH CODES
BCHD has been trying to sneak an increase in size from 312,000 sqft to over 793,000 sqft by doing it in phases. Phase 1 is a single, private building developed, owned, and operated by PMB LLC. That building is planned to be 107.5-feet tall and about 300,000 sqft according to a Feb 2022 filing at the City of Redondo Beach. There is a detailed analysis of the most recent proposal at
REDONDO BEACH COUNCIL NEEDS TO DIRECT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC
There is no reason that the City Council should have to overturn its own hired help. The Planning Department are employees and they need to be directed by Council to
TOO BIG/OUT OF SCALE: BCHD’s nearly 800,000 sqft concrete compound will have more square feet than every house in Beryl Heights combined.
TOO TALL/OUT OF SCALE: PMB LLC’s Phase 1 building at nearly 110-feet tall will tower 80+ feet above surrounding residential neighborhoods in Torrance and Redondo Beach
DOES NOT RESPECT THE SITE: PMB LLC’s Phase 1 building and BCHDs Phase 2 10-story parking ramp will be on the edge of the 30-foot tall elevated site. The current hospital was located in the center per the requirement to “respect the natural terrain”. BCHD/PMB want to build on the edges of the site, maximizing the damage to privacy, noise, and other impacts in violation of the RBMC.
HUNDREDS OF TIMES MORE MASSIVE THAN THE CURRENT BUILDINGS:
PMB LLCs building will have about 300,000 sqft at its maximum height. BCHD’s current buildings have only 968 sqft of 312,000 sqft at maximum height, while the rest of the buildings are 52-feet or lower. PMB LLC plans over 300-TIMES more viewblock, privacy invasion and other negative impacts to property values.
BCHD AND ITS PRIVATE DEVELOPER PMB LLC ARE OPERATING IN THE SHADOWS
BCHD’s CEO Bakaly (taxpayer compensation $300K+ annually) has stated that the Public can “access the plan when it is submitted to the City.” BCHD plans to let PMB LLC, the private leaseholder, hide the size, height, design, and other factors from the Public until we are BLINDSIDED at the City Planning Department. BCHD’s transparency has been falling and falling since early 2019.
BCHD LEASED 3 ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND FOR 95 YEARS TO PMB LLC, A PRIVATE DEVELOPER
No matter what nonsense BCHD or CEO Bakaly spouts, the Phase 1 building (about 300,000 sqft and 110-feet tall) is developed, owned and operated by PMB LLC (or some special purpose company of PMBs). PMB is a private developer with 100% project ownership. BCHD’s project ownership is 0%. After BCHD rents space in the development for its offices, etc. – PMC LLC will get more in rent FROM BCHD than it pays TO BCHD to lease the land for 95 years. That’s FREE ACCESS to PUBLIC LAND for PRIVATE USE.
BCHD’s $2M INVESTMENT BANKER WAS BROUGHT IN TO FIND A DEVELOPER/OWNER/OPERATOR
CEO Bakaly throws around the word “partner” a lot. Truth be told, PMB LLC is not a partner. There’s no BCHD ownership. PMB LLC is the developer, owner and operator.
Look at the language used by BCHD’s investment bankers – Cain Bros. From the Sep 2022 BCHD Board Meeting presentation by Cain Bros. “BCHD will lease approximately 3 acres of land to PMB/Watermark Joint Venture (“Tenant”) for an initial term of 65 years with two 15 year extensions. Tenant will develop, own and maintain the RCFE Building consisting of approximately: –– 240,000 sf licensed as an RCFE (“Facility”), and 33,000 sf for BCHD allcove Youth Wellness, PACE and Community Services (“Landlord Designated Space”)” FYI – BCHD will pay $1.57M annually for its shiny brand new space – more than PMB LLC pays BCHD for the land.
LET’S SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE CITY COUNCILS OF TORRANCE AND REDONDO BEACH THAT WE DESERVE TO BE PROTECTED FROM THE PMB LLC OVERDEVELOPMENT!
In both emails to his 30,000 address list and an article in the Easy Reader, Bakaly tells the Public that they can see the plan after he files it with the City of Redondo Beach for permits. OBVIOUSLY, BCHD doesn't work for its taxpayer owners any longer. This is the behavior of a bureaucrat and a runaway Board.
We are starting a campaign to request Torrance and Redondo Beach City Council intervention since they are both permitting authorities and public agencies. Stay tuned!