A Note from our CEO - June 13, 2024
Thursday, June 13, 2024

Dear Beach Cities Resident,  

Beach Cities Health District was fortunate last December to receive a grant for $6.8 million to construct a permanent home for allcove Beach Cities, the innovative youth center that opened in Nov. 2022 in a temporary facility in our 514 N. Prospect Avenue building. Since it opened, there have been more than 7,000 visits by young people to the center, and we continue to have more and more young people take advantage of the services allcove provides. 

Receiving this grant has led us to refine the plans for allcove Beach Cities, which was originally to be located on the first floor of the Healthy Living Campus’ Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) building. 

Now, allcove Beach Cities will be built on the corner of Beryl Street and Flagler Lane in Redondo Beach, on the northeast corner of our 11-acre property. This two-story, 9,400 square-foot center is scheduled to break ground this fall, creating a new home for allcove and its many services for young people ages 12-25. 

At the same time, we are reworking the plans for phase one of the Healthy Living Campus. allcove Beach Cities is now a standalone facility, and we are looking to put the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) operation separate from the RCFE facility, changes that could enable us to reduce the size of that building, which currently is projected to be six stories tall. 

To facilitate these changes, we are considering a $30 million general obligation bond measure, tentatively called the BCHD Community Health & Wellness Measure, for this November’s ballot. This bond measure would do the following: 

  • Safely demolish the old South Bay Hospital building that was built in the late 1950s and does not meet current seismic construction standards.  
  • Replace the building with up to two acres of open space that will be used for outdoor health and wellness programs.   
  • Expand youth mental health services by completing a youth mental health center (allcove Beach Cities) with environmental and sustainability best practices.  

The measure would levy $3.00 per $100,000 of assessed value on residences in the Beach Cities, generating $1.7 million per year for the project.  

For example, a homeowner with a property with an assessed value of $1 million would pay $30 per year, or $2.50 per month – less than the price of a coffee at Starbucks. In return, BCHD will continue to provide its health and wellness programs and services to the Beach Cities, including social workers to assist older adults and adults with disabilities; our assistance, information and referral line to answer resident questions about health services; nutrition and exercise programming in RBUSD and HBCSD schools; Blue Zones Project activities, including moais; free fitness classes featuring Yoga or Zumba; allcove Beach Cities, with its services for young people age 12-25; and many more. 

I have been out in the community talking with residents about this possible bond measure, and with this letter, I’m now asking you to learn more about this possible measure and give us your feedback. 

I look forward to hearing from you and discussing the ways BCHD can continue to serve our community in the future.  

In health,