Construction of an underground walkway over 30th Street in Hermosa Beach, between two Skechers construction sites on the Pacific Coast Highway, began recently, marking another major milestone in the grand development.
Work between the 2901 and 3001 Pacific Coast Highway job sites is expected to take nine months, Hermosa Beach City Manager Suja Lowenthal said at a recent city council meeting.
During construction, traffic on 30th Street will be limited to one direction eastbound, Lowenthal said at the meeting.
The work “will consist of digging and placing concrete structures to connect the two new buildings,” as part of the Skechers headquarters project, according to a construction notice last month.
Noise and vibration will be caused by workers digging a tunnel from street level, and installing shoring and concreting the pedestrian tunnel, according to the notice sent to residents and businesses.
Skechers is adding new showroom space and executive offices on PCH in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach as part of its expansion slated for completion later this year.
The Skechers project includes two new buildings in Hermosa Beach and one in Manhattan Beach, as well as the expansion of an existing Manhattan Beach location at 330 Sepulveda Blvd. The expansion project was recently completed, according to Jennifer Clay, vice president of corporate communications at Skechers.
The tunnel will connect the two Hermosa buildings.
The Skechers project occupies nearly 1.5 acres of land in Hermosa Beach, according to a final environmental impact report. The Hermosa Beach component of the project includes a 100,000+ square foot design center and a 20,200+ square foot building that includes executive offices, product development rooms and a management dining room.
The Design Center will include shoe showrooms and libraries, as well as more product development rooms, according to the EIR, which was released in January 2018.
The underground pedestrian tunnel under 30th Street “would provide direct access from the Design Center Building to the Executive Office Building,” the EIR said.
An earlier plan to build an elevated pedestrian bridge to connect the two three-story buildings at Hermosa Beach was canceled “due to concerns about the size and visual impact of the bridge,” the EIR said.
Skechers would not provide details on the size of the underground tunnel or answer questions about why the tunnel is needed.
The project is expected to create 655 new jobs in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, including 430 in Hermosa Beach, EIR said.