Intracorp, which is based out of Vancouver, secured Torrance Planning Commission approvals in August 2022 to redevelop the roughly 3.8-acre site at 22501 Hawthorne Boulevard, which sits a short distance south of the Del Amo Fashion Center. The project, named The Gable House Apartments in honor of the site's longtime occupant, will include 218 studio, one-, and two-bedroom dwellings - including 17 affordable units - as well as 12,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and amenities such as a swimming pool, a fitness center, outdoor decks, and co-working space.
VTBS Architects is designing the Gable House redevelopment, headlining a team that also includes interior designer Preen, Inc. and landscape architect Urban Arena. The design is described as drawing inspiration from the post-modern gables of the existing bowling alley, and would include buildings up to five stories in height.
“We are really excited to bring such first-class amenities and architecture to this community, and by doing so, help to revitalize the neighborhood,” says Intracorp Homes Southern California president Brad Perozzi in a news release. “With its curated interiors, wellness focus, and luxurious communal spaces, it will truly look and feel like a five-star resort.”
The project, which is set to break ground in Summer 2023 and open for residents in mid-2025, is occurring with the blessing of the longtime owners of the bowling alley.
“The current Gable House Bowl has been a well-known location in the community over the years, but in recent times has experienced maintenance problems during COVID,” owner Mikey Cogan wrote in a letter to the Torrance Planning Commission. “I believe the Intracorp team’s vision and attention to detail in building this quality and lasting project will carry on the original intent of Gable House Bowl in bringing together family, friends, and fun.”
Gable House, which will be one of the first large multifamily rental projects built in Torrance in roughly 50 years, could set the stage for more housing to come in the city - particularly as state housing legislation forces local jurisdictions to relax zoning rules. Torrance recently signed off on a similar project which would replace surface parking with a 200-unit apartment complex a short distance to the north.
Nonetheless, Torrance's current elected officials have evinced support for the project.
“The City of Torrance is excited for the new Gable House Apartments mixed-use development coming to Torrance,” said Mayor George K. Chen in a statement. “The balance of residential and commercial offerings by Intracorp is a substantial investment to this important corner of our community. It will provide modern living amenities to Torrance residents and the broader South Bay region. The various major investments like Gable House Apartments being made along Hawthorne Boulevard will help keep Torrance moving forward.”
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