Just Another Day In SouthLA
South LA’s sleepy cousin Carson is plainning a 157-acres development of what is now a closed landfill bordered by Del Amo Boulevard and Main Street along the San Diego (405) Freeway. The area is under construction to become a luxury residential and retail complex.
The Project has been named “The Boulevards at South Bay”, and may have actually began construction 3 years ago, its’ developer, LNR Property Corp., hopes to begin erecting buildings by 2013. It looks as if the Developer has wrapped up the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and now is just taking care of the of that small problem of building over landfill, methane gas. It does seem the developer is taking all the right actions to treat the gas in landfill.
Construction workers are currently installing utility lines to power a movie theater, a hotel, dozens of large and small retailers, hundreds of homes and a state-of-the-art operations center that will monitor methane gas removal from the five underground trash pits. The liners will be put in place in the next six months, after underground methane-removal pipes are installed. The pipes are among a series of safety measures that must be installed before anything can be built on the site.
The Development is proposed to be the largest shopping center development site in LA County with convenient freeway access from Avalon Blvd served by four major Southland freeways (405, 91, 710, 110) and offering 1.25 million sf of retail shops, including power and entertainment/lifestyle uses with more than 70,000 sf of sit-down and quick-serve restaurants, and a 16-screen cinema, plus other entertainment venues. The Developement also offers over 1,500 for-sale and for-rent residential units and a 300 room hotel.