In January, the Redondo Beach City Council voted unanimously to approve Australian investment company QIC's proposed redevelopment of the beleaguered South Bay Galleria.

The enclosed shopping mall, built in 1985 by Forest City, occupies a 30-acre property at the southwest corner of Artesia and Hawthorne Boulevards.  QIC, which purchased the mall in 2017, is planning to construct multiple buildings on surrounding parking lots that will feature a 150-room hotel, 300 apartments (including up to 30 affordable units), and an additional 217,000 square feet of retail space - up to 175,000 square feet of which could be used for offices.

The existing mall, which features nearly 1 million square feet of rentable space, will be retained and remodeled.

The project, designed by Gensler, will include approximately six acres of landscaped outdoor space opening directly onto a grand staircase entering into the mall.  Standalone buildings would be built along the perimeter of the site, with the proposed hotel to rise along Artesia and two apartment buildings along Hawthorne.

Plans call for building 1,621 parking spaces to serve the new apartments, commercial space, and hotel - adding to the more than 4,000 vehicle stalls already located next to the Galleria.

An environmental study conducted in advance of the City Council vote estimated that QIC would break ground on the project in 2020 and complete construction in 2023.

The development site abuts both of the potential alignments of the South Bay Green Line extension, which is one of 28 transportation projects which Metro hopes to complete prior to the 2028 Summer Olympics.  Both alternatives would place stations adjacent at Artesia Boulevard adjacent to the shopping mall.