At its meeting earlier this month, the Torrance City Council signed off on a proposal to redevelop surface parking near the Del Amo Fashion Center with housing, rejecting an appeal which sought to block the project's construction.
Legacy Partners, a Bay Area real estate development firm, has now secured an environmental clearance to redevelop a property located at the northeast corner of Del Amo Circle West and Carson Street, just west of Hawthorne Boulevard. The 2.8-acre parking lot, which serves an adjoining office complex, is set to make way for a new five-story building which would contain 200 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. Plans also call for 440 parking spaces in a six-level garage.
AO and MJS Landscape Architecture headline the design team for the project, which is portrayed in plans and renderings as a contemporary low-rise structure with an L-shaped footprint. The complex is planned as a wrap-style building, with the apartment block obscuring central above-grade parking from view along both Carson Street to the south and Del Amo Circle to the west. The garage would also be capped by a pool and amenity deck, while additional open space is proposed in the form of street-level courtyards within the housing complex. Co-working space is also slated for the building's ground floor.
According to an environmental study circulated by the City of Torrance, construction of the apartment complex is expected to occur over a roughly 28-month period, starting in August 2023 and concluding by December 2025.
Opposition to the project was mounted by the SAFER, an affiliate of Laborers International Union of North America Local 270 (LIUNA), which argued that the project should be subjected to further scrutiny under the California Environmental Quality Act. A staff report, citing a lack of evidence to support the appeal, recommended denial.
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