On Thursday, July 28, the Los Angeles Port Commission heard from a nationally known firm that worked on Redondo Beach’s King Harbor to come up with a plan on how to better connect San Pedro’s new West Harbor boardwalk to downtown and the districts of restaurants in the area. along with other visitor points of interest.
West Harbor is expected to begin construction later this summer with plans for a grand opening in early 2024, inspiring a desire to try and connect other points of interest with the new port city attraction.
The primary consultant hired was SWA Group, Inc., a firm specializing in urban design and planning, landscape architecture, and site evaluation and implementation. Several subgroups will work with SWA to provide expertise in areas such as transportation and marine engineering.
The $498,000 contract will run for one year.
The request for a visitor attraction connection plan came from the three town councils and the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce.
The company will be asked to develop a project on how best to get people from one place to another: the boardwalk, downtown and outlying points of interest, such as the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, AltaSea and the Point Fermin Lighthouse.
The plan is expected to include wayfinding signage, people mover-style transportation, and possibly some physical connectors between points of interest.
It could also include improvements such as water taxis, more pedestrian-friendly streets, public art and open spaces, and additional steps.
Elise Swanson, president and CEO of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, said the proposal grew out of extensive outreach and workshops in 2019 that looked at future priorities.
And Diana Nave, chairwoman of the San Pedro Northwest Neighborhood Council’s urban planning committee, said that plan topped most of the ideas discussed by that body when asked for recommendations on how best to use the money provided through the Investment Plan of Public access to the port.
“We at Northwest are ready and eager to work with port staff and consultants in developing this plan,” Nave said.
Envisioned is a document that will provide long-term ideas that will guide future improvements and result in “a network of well-connected and publicly accessible multi-use spaces”.
Public transport, connections between bicycles, scooters and pedestrians, water taxis and pleasure boats are possible elements.
SWA was selected in a request for proposal process conducted by the port that attracted 11 applicants. Five of the top companies were interviewed, said Mike Galvin, director of Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate for the port, with SWA scoring the highest.
SWA, founded in 1957 as Sasaki Walker & Associates, is now the nation’s largest landscape design and planning firm, specializing in community collaboration and outreach, according to the port board report.
His past projects have included a master plan to improve public amenities at King Harbor in Redondo Beach; reworking and adaptation of port sites for better public accessibility at Port Houston; and improve connectivity between Jacksonville’s Riverfront districts in Florida.
“We believed, based on their experience and the long-term work they’ve done, that SWA was the best company,” Galvin said, also emphasizing the company’s reputation for collaboration and community outreach.
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