A group of Santa Monica residents have organized a rally in front of
City Hall Tuesday evening in anticipation of the City Council’s
impending vote of a proposed five-building development nearing 800,000
square feet in size at Bergamot Station.
The rally is scheduled for 6 pm on Feb. 4; the citizen-based group
Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) coordinated the rally
with a mass e-mail to an undisclosed number of recipients.
“This Tuesday, February 4, our City Council will be voting on whether
to allow a powerful, politically connected, Texas developer to build
its massive, unpopular project in the most congested part of our city,”
the email signed-off by four members of the SMCLC stated. “If this
developer wins, the floodgates will open for the other 35 Development
Agreements in the pipeline. If this development is rejected, developers
will be on notice that residents will no longer tolerate the status
Hines 26th Street LLC has proposed to build what is considered to be
the largest-ever development in Santa Monica. The project, if realized,
would be at 1681 26th Street, near the intersection of 26th Street and
The proposed project would be located adjacent to an Expo Line
station at Bergamot Station and could transform the area into a combined
commercial, residential, and transit neighborhood.
If approved in its current form, the proposed Hines project would
bring 473 rental housing units, 25 artist work/live units, and an
estimated 400,000 square feet of creative office, restaurant, and retail
space to Olympic Boulevard and 26th Street.
The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) estimated the Hines
project would generate more than 7,000 new daily vehicular trips in the
Bergamot Station area.
Also proposed is about 90,000 square feet of open space, a
three-level subterranean parking structure accommodating between 1,900
and 2,100 parking spaces, the construction of two new north/south
streets with signalized intersections at Olympic Boulevard, and an
east/west extension of Nebraska Avenue connecting 26th and Stewart
The proposed project’s five buildings would average 71 feet in
height, with the tallest building reaching 81 feet, according to the
Also according to the final EIR, the proposed project would require
the removal of coral trees in the area. The report describes the trees
as a “recognized scenic resource.”
The Santa Monica City Council held a public hearing Jan. 28 on the
proposed Hines development agreement (DA). An estimated 120 speakers
addressed council members in favor or opposition of the proposed
project. However, the council decided to postpone deliberations and the
final vote one week.
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