A half-year after breaking ground in San Pedro, signs of progress are appearing for the West Harbor development on the L.A. Waterfront.

Construction of the West Harbor developmentUrbanize LA

The project, a joint venture between The Ratkovich Company and Jerico Development, will eventually span a 42-acre site that was long home to the kitschy Ports O' Call Village. The new development will include a total of 330,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and other commercial uses, when fully built out.

Recent years have already brought announcements for a  number of anchor tenants at the property, including the first satellite location of Hollywood's Yamashiro restaurant, King & Cantina, a market hall, and off-leash dog park bar and cafe Bark Social. Additionally, the Nederlander Organization plans to bring a roughly 6,200-seat amphitheater to a site directly on the waterfront, as part of the project.

Other tenants announced for the West Harbor include: Mike Hess Brewing, Hopscotch, Poppy + Rose, Sugar Factory, Jay Bird's Chicken, Pitfire Pizza, The Win-Dow, Olala Crepes, Marufuku Ramen, Mario’s Neighborhood Butcher Shop and Delicatessen, The Baked Bear, and Harbor Breeze Cruises.

Aerial view of the West Harbor amphitheatre, looking northStudio One Eleven

The project comes from a design team that includes Rapt Studio, James Corner Field Operations, and Studio One Eleven. Renderings of the finished product depict a series of metal-clad structures, opening onto a waterfront promenade and boat slips. The proposed amphitheater would occupy the southernmost section of the project site, while a proposed tower feature featuring a gondola and concessions would be the most visually prominent element of the property. The gondola would carry up to 15 passengers at a time up to 115 feet above ground.

Completion of the West Harbor is currently on track to occur in 2024.

The West Harbor follows more than $600 million that the Port of Los Angeles has invested into the waterfront between 2005 and 2015, with an additional $400 million to be spent by the year 2025. Those improvements have brought new open space to San Pedro and Wilmington, such as the new Town Square & Promenade, which debuted in 2021.

Rendering of the tower attraction of the West HarborStudio One Eleven

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