What is the Healthy Living Campus project?
Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is in the planning phase of enhancing and redeveloping its 11-acre campus in Redondo Beach. Preliminary plans call for building onsite Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE), refurbishing the aging hospital building, replacing acres of asphalt with useable green/open space and creating a true hub of well-being for residents of the Beach Cities to enjoy.
What are the community benefits of the Healthy Living Campus project?
In addition to providing much-needed residential care options for aging residents who want to remain in the Beach Cities and creating a sustainable funding source for critical preventive health programs and services, the Healthy Living Campus has a host of features designed specifically to benefit the community at large, including:
- An outdoor amphitheater/gathering space for community use
- A new community exercise center (Center for Health & Fitness) with a warm water pool
- A protected bike lane along Flagler and Diamond streets
- Public walking trails and bike paths lined with outdoor exercise stations and equipment
- Community vegetable gardens and California native plant gardens
- Replacing asphalt parking with green space/open space for community uses like fitness events, farmer’s markets, community workshops, etc.
- Enhanced public transportation nodes and improved accessibility on the campus
Does BCHD have the legal authority to develop Residential Care Facilities (RCFE)?
Yes. As outlined in Section 32121(j) of the Government Code, healthcare districts are empowered under state law to establish, maintain and operate healthcare facilities, including retirement programs, services and facilities. Additionally, all elements of the Healthy Living Campus will comply with local zoning regulations.
Is community input being considered?
Absolutely. Significant changes have already been made to the conceptual plans based on input gathered at community meetings, discussions with our community working group and comment cards received. We anticipate making further refinements to the project in the coming weeks based on ongoing talks with neighboring residents, local groups and elected officials. Public input can be submitted for consideration by visiting bchd.org/healthylivingcampus.
Is Residential Care for the Elderly a health need?
Yes, and a critical one considering the imminent senior tsunami approaching our country and community. According to the peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs, one of the most important public health discoveries in recent years is the degree to which one’s physical environment (home) influences health status and premature mortality. This is especially true for the more vulnerable senior population.
Will an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) be conducted?
Yes. BCHD will complete a public EIR process. All findings and potential impacts will be publicly disclosed and discussed. The expected EIR start date is mid-2018 and should take about a year to complete.
What will be done with any potential profits generated by the proposed RCFEs?
As has been the BCHD model for decades, any potential revenue generated will be reinvested in the Beach Cities through community health programs and services like school gardens, senior care management, anti-obesity programming in schools, health grants, etc. Currently, this proven model allows BCHD to provide $3.50 in programs and services for every tax dollar received. In addition to administering more than 30 critical health programs in the Beach Cities, here are a few examples of the outside programs and services that BCHD also helps fund through this financial approach:
- Healthy Schools Grants to HBCSD, MBUSD and RBUSD to fund counseling, nurses/health aides, substance abuse prevention, physical education and MinduUP
- Senior Health Fund
- Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach Paramedic Services
- Redondo Beach Domestic Violence Prevention
- Wellness Community/Cancer Support
- YMCA - senior nutrition services
- South Bay Adult Day Care Center
- The Salvation Army Meals on Wheels
- Hospice Foundation/The Gathering Place
- Saint Andrew's Church Homeless/Needy
- The Center for the Partially Sighted
- Youth Bicycle Education
- Redondo Beach Rotary/Vision to Learn