Eight-story mixed-use development gets final go-ahead for San Pedro’s former courthouse property – Daily News

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors signed off Tuesday, Aug. 10, on the long-awaited courthouse property redevelopment in San Pedro.

The unanimous vote now opens the way for the developer, Genton Cockrum Partners, to move forward with demolishing the old courthouse, expected to occur around the end of the year.

The agreement also mandates the project use union labor, with the developer set to work with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Trades Council.

Bill Cockrum, senior managing partner and president of GCP, said Tuesday’s vote representing a final agreement follows what has been years of behind-the-scenes work to reach this point.

Construction, which will take about two years, is expected to begin by the middle of next year.

The supervisors, who already faced a long agenda filled with issues related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and decisions on how best to proceed on issues involving masks and vaccinations for the public, did not discuss the agreement before voting on it.

The building will offer studio, one-bedroom and three-bedroom units.

The development is within walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants and is also near the waterfront, which is undergoing its own revamp that should finish in late 2022.

The courthouse was built in 1969 and closed about seven years ago because of countywide budget cuts.

In an interview Monday, Cockrum said work has been ongoing in the process to get the project to this point, even though it often appeared that it was languishing.

“I liken it to seeing a duck swimming on top of the water,” he said, meaning the the feet are busy underwater but aren’t visible.

“Primarily, you’re just working through the process,” Cockrum said. “It may not look like much is going on.”

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