Beach Cities Health District invites public to Healthy Living Campus, future direction planning meeting on Friday

The Beach Cities Health District is proposing to replace its former hospital complex with a Healthy Living Campus, that would include senior care and community health facilities. Photo courtesy of BCHD

A half-day planning session is set for Friday, Oct. 15, to help direct the future of the Beach Cities Health District (BCHD). The session will be held on Zoom

The standard, twice-yearly, public event includes discussion of the proposed “Healthy Living Campus,” for which the board of directors has certified an environmental impact report with six alternatives.

Friday’s agenda features two breakout sessions, one for a priority-based budget analysis of regular BCHD programs and services; and another on the tradeoffs for each of the Healthy Living Campus alternatives. 

The six options for the former site of South Bay Hospital are 1. no project. 2. sale and redevelopment of the 60-year-old building, 3. complete phases I and II of the Healthy Living Campus, 4. only do Phase I, 5. do both phases with less parking, and 6. complete both phases with reduced height of the main building.

“What happens to mission compatibility with all those alternatives,” said Tom Bakaly, CEO for the BCHD, referring to how each affects finances and revenue-generation.

The board will consider the six choices at their Oct. 27 meeting. 

Attendees for Friday’s planning session (1 p.m. — 5 p.m.) are asked to read and fill out pre-meeting packets available at the BCHD website (BCHD.org). Zoom information is posted as well (on the agenda).

“The public is all invited. We want to make sure everyone comes and gives input,” Bakaly said. 

The board’s vote on the environmental impact report in September followed nearly three hours of public comment, all of it in opposition to the proposed 11-acre, $374 million, 254,700 square foot project. ER

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