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San Pedro's Waterfront Could Get A Massive Makeover

The San Pedro waterfront (Photo by Eugene1959 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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The waterfront along San Pedro may soon transform into a busy destination for tourists and a new home for locals.

A new study commissioned by L.A.'s Harbor Department and the city's Economic Workforce and Development Department will explore the possibility of developing hotels and resorts on publicly-owned properties along the neighborhood's waterfront, reports Urbanize LA. The study will also look into turning the area into more of a residential neighborhood with the addition of single-family homes, townhouses and condos designed for a variety of income levels. According to a memo to the L.A. City Council, "The resulting market study will provide critical information and professional expertise about how the City can best use these public assets to enhance the San Pedro waterfront area."

The San Pedro waterfront has been gradually receiving a facelift over the past couple years, and the proposed plan could be one of the next steps in the redevelopment process. Last summer, the area got a spiffy new public plaza, which included a pedestrian pathway and pier for checking out the busy harbor. There's also a massive $500 million AltaSea marine research center in the works for the area. And a redevelopment of the Ports O' Call Village shopping center—one of our favorite spots for a waterfront seafood feast—also looks to be happening, though slightly more scaled back than the original plans.

The study for the residential and resort development around the San Pedro waterfront is expected to take three months.