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Development, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Enormous High-Rise Projects Are Out Of Line For Santa Monica

Posted May. 11, 2013, 9:05 am

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor,

The message from Monday night’s Downtown Specific Plan meeting was clear: The enormous high-rise projects are out of line with the city — and clearly not supported by the residents who will have to deal with the traffic, noise, and shadows caused by their massive towers.

Resident after resident told the City that the concept of “opportunity sites” just means that big developers can create huge skyscrapers without being subject to the same reasonable restrictions as the rest of downtown. The proposed 20-story Fairmont Miramar Hotel is a key case in point.

It is a dangerous precedent to allow towering high-rises to be built at the oceanfront—and right next to neighborhoods. It’s clear that if these projects get the green light one at a time, their aggregate effect will be massive and dramatic.

Santa Monica has already become one of the most congested cities in the country. Why in the world would we want to allow massive development that would only exacerbate that?

Sincerely,

Avery Auer

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May. 11, 2013, 10:08:31 am

Steve Richards said...

Agreed. Our vote will count on this issue in the next election. A better quality of life must fight against alot of profit in the hands of so few. Our well paid City government wants even more. And they believe they can change the car culture...how naive...or sly like a fox.

May. 11, 2013, 10:37:13 am

mario macera said...

What we need to do is curb growth, not progress it.

May. 11, 2013, 11:53:27 am

Sue McHugh said...

I couldn't agree more. The problem is the elected city officials care more about tourists than residents. Every decision they have made recently cater to those who are visiting Santa Monica rather than those of us who live here.

May. 11, 2013, 12:22:00 pm

edward abbey said...

reduced traffic lanes, increased density= traffic, less quality of life

May. 11, 2013, 1:02:57 pm

Gerald Casale said...

Santa Monica has consistently allowed the wrong kind of development while killing, aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sound projects. It is truly mind boggling and points towards corruption across the board. Ocean front skyscrapers will be the icing on the ugly cake.

May. 11, 2013, 6:49:36 pm

xboomer said...

I remember when the Fairmont was the Miramar. There has been many hotels built along the beach and Ocean Avenue in the last 20 years. So you are going to tell a old establish business that they can't compete against their competition? You all that oppose the Fairmont are not business people. I bet not one of you have a business that has employees. Jay, owner of the former Pioneer Boulangeire on Main St.

May. 12, 2013, 5:49:55 pm

martin Marteen said...

what we need is a set long term permanent plan with no exceptions to building high rises. If we designate one or two areas for a high rise, charge appropriate fees since they will have exclusive rights to do so, i.e. $ to equal cost of project to go into city coffers, then stop it and no more period end, !!! Wishful thinking, right?

May. 13, 2013, 10:49:39 am

Julia Mangir said...

Opportunity should be our opportunity as residents, not some outsiders developers and billionaires. The non- resident planning staff are selling our city, our health, and the future of our children! Declare a moratorium for ANY DAs until we understand the impact of already built monster projects on Ocean Avenue and elsewhere. We ask for green space, they give us 23 story 'luxury condominium and hotel developments!'

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