Sign the Petition

SUMMARY

There is a housing crisis in the South Bay. The simple solution is to provide more quality housing options.

We're the residents that say YES to new housing development. Specifically, we support the Solana Torrance project, which we see as an opportunity to transform an unused former quarry along the city's southern border into a dynamic live-work-play environment.

We say YES to quality housing for the next generation of Torrance residents.

We say YES to housing for employees so that local businesses can attract and retain the best & the brightest.

We say YES to 19 acres of preserved natural open space forever.

We say YES to millions of dollars invested into Torrance.

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THE PROBLEM

Torrance faces a growing issue: Escalating Home Prices & Inadequate Rental Housing. Housing prices have spun out of control because there's not enough supply to satisfy demand. 


THE EFFECTS

1. Residents Are Priced Out:
Too many people who grew up in Torrance are unable to stay in Torrance or come home after college due to a lack of attractive rental housing.

2. Employers are Leaving:

"The main driver of Toyota's move from Torrance, California, was housing costs."
— ᴀʟʙᴇʀᴛ ɴɪᴇᴍɪ ᴊʀ., ᴅᴇᴀɴ. ᴄᴏx sᴄʜᴏᴏʟ ᴏғ ʙᴜsɪɴᴇss ᴀᴛ sᴍᴜ

3. Traffic is Worsened by Commuters:
Workers who cannot find adequate housing in Torrance have no choice but to commute in heavy traffic each day, adding cars to local roads in the morning and evening.  In almost every case, two to three hours per day is spent driving rather than spending time with family and friends.

4. Professionals Choose to Live Elsewhere:
In order to attract the best and brightest professionals, who will energize our community and eventually buy homes in our community, there needs to be attractive housing options.

 

THE SOLUTION

Provide more housing options!

 

ABOUT THE SOLANA PROJECT

  • 248 Luxury, Market-Rate Apartments

  • One and Two-Bedroom Floorplans

  • Prime Location: located in South Torrance, at the intersection of Hawthorne Blvd & Via Valmonte (approx. 10 min from Torrance Memorial Medical Center)

[ᴍᴏʀᴇ ɪɴғᴏʀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀᴏᴊᴇᴄᴛ ʜᴇʀᴇ]

AMENITIES INCLUDE:

  • Coworking Space [ᴍᴏʀᴇ ɪɴғᴏ]

  • Health-club inspired fitness center

  • Yoga & Spin Studios with Fitness On-Demand

  • Rooftop Resort Style Pool & Spa with Cabanas

  • Gourmet Kitchens with Stainless Steel Appliances

  • Quartz Countertops

  • Air Conditioning

  • Full-Size Washers and Dryers in Every Unit

  • 7,500 sq. ft Clubhouse & Leasing Center
    ...& more!

[ᴠɪᴇᴡ ᴘʜᴏᴛᴏs ᴏғ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ sᴏʟᴀɴᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛɪᴇs ʜᴇʀᴇ]

REASONS WHY WE SUPPORT SOLANA

The Solana project will benefit the entire community and create a positive impact. The developers have put forward a thoughtful and responsible plan for housing that addresses the needs of the community, mitigates negative impacts and fills a void not being currently addressed within the city. Below we have outlined some of they key highlights and reasons why we support this plan.

  • Nearly 19 acres will be preserved as natural open space forever.
    Under ReyLenn's plan, the homes will be clustered on approximately 6 acres. More than 75% of the site will remain as untouched, open space, that can never be built on. [ᴍᴏʀᴇ ɪɴғᴏ]

 

  • Millions of dollars will be invested into Torrance as a result of property taxes and fees.
    Property tax generated from the site will increase from approximately $8,000 per year to nearly $1 million per year. Tax revenues realized locally mean more money to spend on quality schools, fire and police protection and maintenance of public spaces.

    $700,000 in one time fees for schools;
    $1 million in annual property taxes;
    $2 million in local infrastructure & public services;
    $500,000 invested to improve the Via Valmonte/Hawthorne intersection;
  • The Traffic Improvement Plan will add roadway capacity.
    Over half a million dollars will be invested in traffic improvements. Hawthorne Boulevard and Via Valmonte will be widened to accommodate the new housing units.  All traffic studies conclude that with the proposed traffic improvements, the area will sustain no traffic impacts. [ʀᴇᴀᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʀᴀғғɪᴄ ɪᴍᴘʀᴏᴠᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴘʟᴀɴ]


  • New homes attract new residents, who are the future of our community.
    Solana's state-of-the-art amenities will appeal to new residents, such as established professionals and couples, young and old. Residents create and sustain a community's identity and traditions. They volunteer. They build relationships. They have a stake in the community's success.
  • New housing is needed to energize the housing lifecycle.
    Neighborhoods have a natural life cycle. As young families grow up and kids move away, households become smaller. Empty-nesters often look for opportunities to downsize, and they need someone to buy their home-- typically a young family that has been renting in the area while they save to buy a house. If we don't build housing that will attract young people to our communities, then we become an aging population. Who will buy our houses?  
  • Solana will bring 248 new households to local business.
    New housing brings new disposable income. New residents mean more customers for local restaurants, retailers and service providers.
  • The modern architectural design is refreshing and compliments other new developments in the area.
    Solana is designed by local, award-winning architect, Withee Malcom, and features a modern design with a focus on clean lines, neutral colors, rich textures, and large windows for natural light. The modern style compliments other new architecture in the area, such as the Del Amo Mall remodel.
  • The plan provides an abundant parking supply so that there will be no need for offsite parking. [ᴍᴏʀᴇ ɪɴғᴏ]

  • If this project is not approved, there is no guarantee that another project of this caliber will be built.
    See "The Alternative" section below for more info.
  • WE WANT TO LIVE AT SOLANA.
    Last but not least, many of us are signing this petition because we can see ourselves living at Solana in the future. More specifically, WE ARE:

    EMPLOYEES who are tired of commuting into Torrance each day because of limited housing options.

    ◊ Part of the 40% of MILLENNIALS who 'telecommute' from home at least once per week, and want to take advantage of Solana's co-working space.

    GRADUATES returning home from college who want a place near our parents' homes.

    EMPTY-NESTERS looking to downsize and want to maintain our quality of life.

    HOMEOWNERS who need a temporary place to live while we remodel our homes.

    DIVORCEES who want to live near our children.

    YOUNG PROFESSIONALS who are saving to buy homes in the South Bay.


THE ALTERNATIVE

Last year, State politicians passed 15 new laws to address California's housing crisis and are continuing to propose additional legislation to promote housing development. One of the laws that has already been passed is Senate Bill 35, which targets cities and counties that have failed to approve enough housing to meet their minimum housing goals. Under this law, local governments are required to expedite the approval process for new housing developments.

"The law [SB 35] seeks to increase homebuilding in the state by taking the approval process away from local politicians who fail to approve adequate construction."
— ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴀɪʟʏ ʙʀᴇᴇᴢᴇ

In the State's most recent quarterly report, Torrance is listed as one of the cities that has failed to meet its housing goals and is subject to Senate Bill 35.

*The developer of Solana has gone to unprecedented lengths to prove that this site is buildable. If Solana is not approved, another, lesser quality housing project will likely be proposed by others. With the increased pressure to address the housing crisis, Solana delivers a state-of-the-art development that benefits the entire community.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO SHOW THE CITY COUNCIL THAT YOU SUPPORT NEW HOUSING.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?  Email [email protected] for more information on upcoming events and ways to show your support.

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