$100M L.A. Waterfront Renovation Edges Forward

The Ratkovich Co. and Jericho Development have joined forces to completely transform the Ports O’ Call Village seaside plaza in San Pedro.

By Scott Baltic, Contributing Editor

Rendering of the future San Pedro Public Market
Rendering of the future San Pedro Public Market

Los AngelesThe Ratkovich Co. of Los Angeles and Jerico Development of San Pedro, Calif., have released plans for a $100 million transformation of Ports O’ Call Village, a 30-acre retail and dining attraction along the L.A. waterfront in San Pedro. Phase I of what will be renamed the San Pedro Public Market will feature 16 acres of restaurants, shopping, fresh markets, boutique-style office space and more than half a mile of waterfront promenade.

The market will also feature an open-air amphitheater for live entertainment, “family-friendly attractions” and other events. The site is on the west side of the Main Channel, directly across from the Port of Los Angeles cargo facilities on Terminal Island and just south of the U.S.S. Iowa Museum.

Phase I was designed by Tim J. Delaney Design and TFO Architecture. Construction will begin in 2017 and will take place in tandem with $52 million of infrastructure upgrades by the Port of Los Angeles. Ports O’ Call was originally built in the 1960’s, and most or all of the existing structures reportedly will be demolished by the Port in connection with those infrastructure improvements.

The land is owned by the Port, which is expected to sign a 50-year lease with the developers later this year.

The San Pedro Public Market “will be a focal point and anchor for the efforts the Port of Los Angeles has made over the last decade to create a pedestrian friendly public waterfront from Banning’s Landing to Cabrillo Beach,” Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said in a prepared statement. He noted that the port has invested about $600 million in waterfront access infrastructure over the past decade.

As part of the redevelopment, Ratkovich and Jerico will bring back the Waterfront Red Car trolley service that operated from 2003 to 2015 using vintage and replica Red Cars from the Pacific Electric Railway. The Red Cars are to be restored and take visitors through the center of the San Pedro Public Market.

The redevelopment process has not been a rapid one; a Request for Qualifications for the project was issued by the Port of Los Angeles in 2012. The San Pedro Public Market is expected to open in 2020.