A detailed land-use study will be required before Torrance Memorial Hospital can move ahead with a $14-million project to expand its medical facilities and build a six-level parking structure.
Despite protests from hospital officials, the Torrance City Council voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday to study the expansion's potential impact on traffic, parking and growth in the southern part of the city. The study also will examine the project's potential impact on the operations of nearby Torrance Municipal Airport.
Once the information from the hospital-paid study is received, council members will decide if a full-fledged environmental impact statement should be required.
The hospital wants to build a 120-bed "skilled nursing facility"--something between a nursing home and a hospital--and convert a warehouse into a health education center. It also plans to build a 931-space parking structure that would be the tallest building near the airport's north runway.