Work on the next section of San Pedro’s waterfront promenade — from Berths 74 to 83, along what will be the West Harbor attraction — is scheduled to begin next month.
Los Angeles harbor commissioners recently approved a $26.8 million bid with the Griffith Company to do the Phase II work on the promenade.
The northern portion of what will be a contiguous West Harbor waterside promenade has already been completed and opened to the public a year ago. Planning and construction continues, meanwhile, on the overall 42-acre development that’s set to debut in phases beginning possibly in late 2024 — but with a grand opening planned for 2025.
That North Park section is now also slated to be used for events, popup food and other vendors beginning around Mother’s Day weekend. The San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant has also set a temporary spot on that portion while waterfront construction continues on the more southern part of the West Harbor footprint. The Fish Market’s temporary location, called the “Landing,” opened on Friday, May 5.
West Harbor, designed with the aim of keeping the area closest to the water as open and building-free as possible, will feature a contiguous 30-foot-wide walkway with benches and railings — and plenty of room for walkers, skaters and leashed dogs.
The West Harbor development, which broke ground in November, has been in the works for more than a decade. It will take the place of the former Ports O’ Call Village, a 1960s outdoor center that was long popular with both San Pedro residents and visitors.
The $150 million development will feature myriad attractions, including a 6,200-seat amphitheater and multiple restaurants, including Mario’s Butcher Shop & Delicatessen, Pitfire Pizza, The Win-Dow, Hopscotch and Jay Bird’s Chicken. Harbor Breeze Cruises will also be there, as will Bark Social — a social club and park for dogs and their owners.
West Harbor’s buildings will be larger, but fewer in number, than Ports O’ Call. The structures will feature mezzanines, openings to water views and an expansive use of glass to also enhance views of the waterfront.
They will also be placed back from the water, behind and adjacent to the open promenade.
The northern, now-finished section of the West Harbor promenade runs from the southern edge of the town square — a small roundabout in front of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum — farther south to a spot that stops just before reaching the now-closed former San Pedro Fish Market location.
The new work starting this summer will take the walkway farther south along the linear West Harbor footprint.
Benches made of Brazilian walnut wood have been installed along the portion now completed, along with wood railings.
Earlier sections of a waterfront promenade were installed several years ago a mile to the north, near the cruise center, and extending south, nearly parallel to Harbor Boulevard, and ending on the north side of the town square.
The goal has been to create a “bridge to breakwater” promenade running the length of San Pedro’s portion of the LA Waterfront that also takes in Wilmington.
The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the contract with Griffith Company on April 27.
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