In El Segundo, where there are far more jobs than there is housing to accommodate the workers, Withee Malcolm Architects is working with local developer, Mar Ventures, Inc., to create high-density, multifamily housing, and retail on the underutilized parking lots of the hotels located on three blocks along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), the main north-south transit corridor. The residential buildings would provide much-needed housing and shared parking for the hotels while preserving the lower scale, small-town ambiance of the city proper.
The Pacific Coast Commons development, slated for roughly 6.3 acres of property between Holly and Palm Avenues, calls for the construction of three buildings to create a total of 263 apartments, 11,252 square feet of retail space, and associated parking. The commercial component at street level is designed to activate the pedestrian experience in what is currently an auto-centric and aesthetically barren stretch of PCH. The mass and consistency of the architecture will create a more prominent urban edge, defining a new destination that has it all—hospitality, housing, retail and employment.
Pacific Coast Commons South will replace surface parking adjacent to the Aloft Hotel and WXYZ Lounge with a six-story building comprising 120 residential units atop 5,760 square feet of commercial space. Behind the residential building, a new parking garage would serve the residential and commercial development, as well as the adjoining hotel with a total of 336 vehicle stalls located on five above-grade levels and three subterranean levels.
A block north at the corner of PCH and Mariposa Avenue, on the former site of Carrasco’s Restaurant, a rental car business, and a conference facility attached to the Fairfield Inn, plans call for a 215-car garage, five stories in height, and 3,270 square feet of retail uses fronting PCH.
The final component, Pacific Coast Commons North, will replace an amorphous parking lot at the northwest corner of PCH and Mariposa. The complex will include a six-story, 137-unit apartment complex along PCH and six for-sale townhomes located along a narrow site to the north as well as a six-story garage containing 252 vehicle stalls.