Manhattan Beach considers development of the town's first assisted living facility

by Kirsten Farmer

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Monday, December 17, 2018 3:35 pm EST

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The Beach Reporter, Hermosa Beach, CA

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Manhattan Beach has no assisted living homes ... yet.

But that could change if a proposed Sunrise Senior Living community comes to North Sepulveda Boulevard and Fifth Street.

While the project is currently in early-planning stages, residents at an environmental impact report scoping meeting Wednesday Dec. 5, expressed concerns over whether the proposed 79,200 square foot building would impact the “small town feel” of the area.

The 1.2 acre site is currently home to the Goat Hill shopping center, which houses long standing businesses such as Rinaldi’s sandwich shop, Roth Hair Salon and Two Guns espresso bar.

Those businesses are set to move when all their leases expire around the end of 2020, according to Mike Grannis, a commercial real estate broker with Highland Partners, who represents the Goat Hill landowner, Stuart Sackley.

He explained that Sackley had intentionally set it up that way. 

"He had kind of done that prior to us even getting involved with Sunrise because he wants to redevelop that site," Grannis said in an interview Dec. 11.  "We are working with the tenants to relocate them...I'm pretty sure all of them are going to remain here in Manhattan Beach."

Regardless of whether Sunrise is developed at the site, Grannis said, the Goat Hill shopping center will no longer be there. 

Philip Kroskin, the senior vice president of real estate for Sunrise, said the location was perfect for the development of a new assisted living facility.

“We found a fantastic location in the middle of town, easily accessible to a lot of people,” Kroskin said at the Dec. 5 scoping meeting, noting the city is in dire need of such a facility. “It really just comes down to demand being off the charts.”

Building of the project would entail bulldozing the existing structure, Kroskin explained.

“The existing property today is already significantly dilapidated,” he said. “That building will come down and we’ll put in our brand new building.”

He said Sunrise’s assessment of the location, although still preliminary, shows the facility would be significantly less impacting on the environment than the existing shopping center.

Most residents at the scoping meeting had concerns about the impact of traffic and safety on the area, which is near Mira Costa High School.

The draft EIR is slated for completion by March of 2019 and the final EIR will be completed by summer of next year.

Locals will next be able to weigh-in on the project following the results at public hearings set for next fall.

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