SouthLA DevIdea: South Bay Skyline – Del Amo City Center

Del Amo City Center

The now fifth largest mall in america is finally getting some attention but in my opinion not enough. Del Amo Fashion Center in the South Bay city Torrance is getting a revamp, finally bringing it into the 21st century, however I feel how they are redesigning the mall now is how it should already look and at this point should be getting revamped to look a little more impressive.

That’s just in my own opinion, but if I had my way I would completely tear-down the mall and create a Century City’isc atmosphere, creating a downtown for the South Bay.  Ideally I feel every region within LA County should have its own mini high-rise district; The valley has the Warner Center, the Westside has Century City, the Lower Westside has the Howard Hughes Center/LAX, South County Has Downtown Long Beach, why shouldn’t the South Bay create their own skyline.

(Excuse my simple map of the project, but allow me to paint you a picture) Well I would…..

I would first rip off the top of the mall creating an outdoor mall and incorporating it into the the surrounding towers.  I would add several residential and commercial towers, add several mixed-use low rise residential building and of-course several outdoor/green spaces.  The office space provided would be for the doctors/law/entertainment/etc. office space for the residents of the South Bay.  The green space southeast of the mall would become the “Great Park” of the  South Bay.  The northeast corner would become home to the South Bay Studios (kind of copying Fox in Century City and also acknowledging Mayor Elect Eric Garcetti wants make LA the entertainment capital of the world).  Using some of the existing parking lots I would also add several parking structures.  And at the southern tip of mall I would create a civic plaza to rival LA Live.  Would possibly move to civic plaza to the west side of the mall creating a “Grand Entrance” to the Mall.  Well tell me what you think or what you would do with area.

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