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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

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‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

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San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ports O’Call Redevelopment Plan a Hit With Residents

Ports O' Call redesign ideas by the L.A. Waterfront Alliance include a massive Ferris wheel, a drawbridge and much more. (photo: L.A. Waterfront Alliance)

Initial plans for the new Ports O’ Call Village were unveiled at a highly anticipated public meeting last night at the Warner Grand Theatre. The verdict? Residents were overwhelmingly impressed.

Several hundred people turned out for the presentation by the L.A. Waterfront Alliance, the coalition of developers the Ratkovich Company and Jerico Development, who were selected by the Port earlier this year to finally give Ports O’ Call Village a much-needed makeover.

“We believe that the successful redevelopment of the Ports O’ Call site will be best accomplished through a complete and transformative reimagining and rebranding, rather than through small, incremental improvements,” Jerico President Eric Johnson told the audience before walking them through plans to turn the 30-acre site into a world-class entertainment and dining urban waterfront destination.

The plans were broken down into three main areas moving north to south: a Fisherman’s Park near downtown San Pedro at Harbor Boulevard, a central market square, and a pier of attractions at the southern tip of the site.

PowerPoint Presentation

Slide from L.A. Waterfront Alliance presentation showing a map of the final build out of Ports O’ Call Village. (provided by L.A. Waterfront Alliance; click for larger version)

Developers envision a hotel or convention center above the three-acre Fisherman’s Park, which could host outdoor concerts and feature a floating jetty extending into the water from a pedestrian promenade. Restaurants and shops will spill into the central piazza, which could have a body of water and fountains. Further down, a canal is designed to cut through rows of cafes similar to San Antonio’s River Walk. A ferris wheel and possible carousel are planned for the southern end, where there will be an entertainment anchor tenant. One of the coolest proposals is a moving bridge in the neighboring slip that will raise its arms for passing boats and swivel to extend between the pier and an extension of 22nd Street Park.

“For so many years that I’ve heard ideas about how to do Ports O’ Call, I’ve said over and over again that it’s about the water. We’ve got to build it on the water. This plan actually does it.”

While much of the site is currently made up of parking spaces, the new design moves most of the parking into structures built against the bluff beneath Thirteenth Street, with additional parking lots along the waterfront.

Walkways, trolleys, the Red Car and water taxis would transport visitors from one end of the site to the other, and connect them to town, with major connections at Sixth, Seventh and Thirteenth Streets.

“We are working on a broader plan that goes beyond the site to get people to park once and then visit multiple destinations on the waterfront,” said Vaughan Davies of AECOM.

When it comes to the specific style of architecture and branding, the team said it’s too early to tell what direction they’re headed in.

When all was said and done, residents praised the team.

“For so many years that I’ve heard ideas about how to do Ports O’ Call, I’ve said over and over again that it’s about the water. We’ve got to build it on the water,” said Louis Dominguez. “This plan actually does it.”

Slide from L.A. Waterfront Alliance presentation showing a map of the final build out of Ports O' Call Village. (provided by L.A. Waterfront Alliance)

Slide from L.A. Waterfront Alliance presentation showing conceptual ideas for a draw or swinging bridge connecting both sides of the slip at Ports O’ Call Village. (provided by L.A. Waterfront Alliance; click for larger version)

Jack Baric called for the community to embrace the plan.

“For the last 20 plus years, we have had something I call ‘Long Beach envy’ looking across the bridge and saying, ‘Why can’t we do what they’ve done in Long Beach?’ What I love about what you’ve done is you’ve elevated this completely beyond Long Beach and taken this to a world-class level.”

There were, of course, questions and concerns. One that was echoed was that the site not become generic and full of national chains, but maintain the unique heritage of San Pedro’s waterfront.

“We envision creating a unique and authentic experience not dominated by national retailers or national restaurant chains,” Johnson said. “There’s room for them in the mix, but we don’t envision a cookie cutter place that could be reproduced anywhere. We envision something authentic and unique.”

Another concern was what will happen to current tenants during construction. Their leases run out at the end of 2014.

“We will develop the site in such a way that they will be able to maintain continuous operations throughout our construction process,” Johnson said, adding that it might mean tenants will have to move during construction, maybe more than once.

Noticeably absent last night was a group of residents who voiced concerns recently about the Los Angeles Maritime Museum possibly moving to Ports O’ Call Village so the ferry building can be turned into a restaurant space, which was a separate idea proposed by Jerico’s Alan Johnson at a few community meetings. They collected thousands of petition signatures calling for the museum to stay put. But last night, there was no talk of the ferry building.

The development team anticipates negotiating its ground lease by March and finalizing plans by the end of 2014. Ground won’t break until 2016 at the earliest, pending multiple permit approvals, and starting with construction on the south end, then the north side, and finally filling in the middle.

“The framework for change is already well-established on the waterfront and we hope to build on this success and tie it all together,” Davies said.

The next public meeting has yet to be announced.

Top Photo: Slide from L.A. Waterfront Alliance presentation showing conceptual ideas of a Ferris wheel at the southern end of Ports O’ Call (provided by L.A. Waterfront Alliance)