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Rob Evanko and Karen Baker are among The Waverly’s very first residents.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Housing

The Waverly At Ocean Avenue South Opens To Tenants, Dining Spots Named

Posted Jul. 21, 2014, 9:23 am

Ocean Avenue South, a 3.7-acre site a block away from the Pacific Ocean, contributes two luxury residential properties to a block of coastal apartments and condominiums: The Waverly and The Seychelle, with the former finally having opened its doors to tenants last month after years in the making.

The Santa Monica Planning Commission has given its initial support toward a development at the Fred Segal building on Fifth and Broadway.

News, Planning Commission, Development, Santa Monica

84-Foot Downtown Santa Monica Building Proposal Gains Initial Support

Posted Jul. 18, 2014, 9:25 am

Slow growth does not mean no growth. Though a proposed multi-use project in front of the Santa Monica Planning Commission did not squarely fit with the specifications outlined by the City’s trusty land use document, commissioners – including those who have consistently advocated for slow growth – voted July 9 to allow a development agreement (DA) to build a seven-story, 84-foot building at the Fred Segal Building on Fifth and Broadway to move ahead in the process.

Ocean Avenue South comprises two luxury residential buildings, The Waverly and The Seychelle, and 20,000 square feet of commercial space.

News, Dining, Development, Santa Monica

Joan’s On Third, Searsucker, Starbucks Evenings To Open At Ocean Avenue South

Posted Jul. 17, 2014, 8:45 am

The first three high-profile dining establishments planned for Ocean Avenue South were announced on Wednesday by Related California: Joan’s On Third, Hakkasan Group’s Searsucker, and a Starbucks Evenings concept.

The Santa Monica City Council will weigh in on a MINI dealership proposing to bring a 35-foot high building to 1402 Santa Monica Boulevard.

News, City Council, Development, Business, Santa Monica

MINI Dealership In Line For Santa Monica City Council Green Light

Posted Jul. 8, 2014, 8:48 am

A new car dealership could soon zig and zag its way to the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and 14th Street. The proposed dealership has already handled a few tough corners en route to the City Council, but before MINI crosses the finish line and opens up shop in Santa Monica, the group proposing the auto company’s arrival must still win over the City Council.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Proposal To Limit Heights Of Santa Monica Beachfront Buildings Fails

Posted Jul. 4, 2014, 6:00 am

The Councilmember Discussion Items section of the bi-monthly Santa Monica City Council agenda is rarely a time for fireworks. Requested items placed on the second to last section of the agenda are usually quickly – and casually – discussed before moving forward to public comment.

News, Development, Malibu, Santa Monica

Major Malibu Golf Club Redevelopment Approved

Posted Jun. 24, 2014, 2:46 pm

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors today denied an appeal seeking to halt a major renovation of the Malibu Golf Club that would add an educational retreat and bungalows for overnight guests at a 650-acre site in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Santa Monica City Council unanimously opted to figure out how to make a 148-foot proposal work for a development between Fourth and Fifth Street on the south side of Arizona Avenue ahead of an alternate 84-foot high proposal.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Tall Downtown Santa Monica Project Receives Initial Support

Posted Jun. 20, 2014, 8:55 am

If all goes as planned, there could soon be a new 148-foot building in downtown Santa Monica. Then again, considering the current political climate, a referendum might sprout up before a shovel is ever placed into the dirt.

A rendering of the development proposed for Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica returns to City Council for discussion on Tuesday.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Preliminary Designs For 4th/5th And Arizona Project On Council Docket

Posted Jun. 9, 2014, 9:19 am

Santa Monica City staff will be looking for direction from Santa Monica council members this Tuesday for the preliminary designs of a proposed project on City-owned property between Fourth and Fifth Streets and just south of Arizona Avenue.

A rendering of the public building proposed to be built on Arizona Avenue between 4th and 5th.

City Council, Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

What Say You: In Defense Of Fun Architecture

Posted May. 25, 2014, 12:00 am

Architecture has been in the news in Santa Monica, but not in a good way. Now, in the midst of all the noise of development, comes another project.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica, Hines

Hines DA Rescinded

Posted May. 16, 2014, 8:41 am

The Santa Monica City Council voted to rescind the Hines Development Agreement. Tuesday night's vote was 4-1 with 2 abstensions.

A rendering of the mixed-used Hines project at 1681 26th Street that will total 765,095 square feet of housing, creative office space, and restaurant and retail space.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council To Decide On Hines Referendum On Tuesday

Posted May. 12, 2014, 9:42 am

Perhaps one of the Santa Monica City Council’s biggest decisions to make outside of the future of the Santa Monica Airport is about to take place on Tuesday, as the seaside community’s panel of seven elected officials will decide whether to repeal the Hines development agreement (DA) or submit the question to the City’s voters in November.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: The Bergamot Station Arts Center Is Worth Preserving

Posted May. 11, 2014, 9:42 am

The Bergamot Station Arts Center is yet another planned development project. Santa Monica has one of the premier arts centers in Southern California. It’s successful, it has character, it has style, and it has passionate art gallery and theatre operators. It’s worth preserving!

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Development, Bergamot Station, Opinion, Santa Monica

Bergamot Plans: Tomorrowland Or Swamp?

Posted May. 10, 2014, 9:10 am

Full Disclosure: My life partner of 27 years is an artist and I write for the theater, which possibly allows us to deploy the words “art” and “artists” at dinners and receptions. Thus we’re both inclined to want any plans for the future of Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station to be of the ‘please don’t-fix-it-if-it-ain’t-broke’ variety. Alas, I’m not certain that’s one of the options.

The Miramar Hotel project is located at 101 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Housing

Interest List For Miramar Hotel Affordable Housing Opens Today

Posted May. 9, 2014, 6:00 am

As part of the proposed renovation of the Miramar Hotel at 101 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, the project is proposing to build up to 40 new affordable apartments.

A rendering of the mixed-used Hines project at 1681 26th Street that will total 765,095 square feet of housing, creative office space, and restaurant and retail space.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Hines Development Future To Be Determined At May 13 City Council Meeting

Posted Apr. 25, 2014, 9:11 am

The next chapter written in the Hines development agreement (DA) saga was more of the administrative nature, as the Santa Monica City Council acknowledged on Tuesday a resident petition seeking to overturn a multi-use project approved to be built at the former Papermate site at 1681 26th Street.

A proposed 585-unit residential complex in Marina Del Rey could potentially add up to 1,094 residents, which might have a direct impact on traffic streets connecting Venice and the Marina to Santa Monica, such as Lincoln Boulevard, Pacific Avenue, and Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, West Los Angeles

Two L.A. Developments Could Add 1,800 Residents Around Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 4, 2014, 8:33 am

Residents have made progress in at least slowing down a proposed mixed-use project at the old Papermate site and the Santa Monica City Council went on the record at its March 25 meeting stating high-impact development would not replace Santa Monica Airport should it be shut down.

A rendering of the Bergamot Village project proposed by Hines for 1681 26th Street in Santa Monica.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Courts, City Hall

Santa Monica Coalition For A Livable City Files 34-Page Lawsuit Against Hines

Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 9:11 am

They have been accused in some corners as being the most vocal but not necessarily the loudest group, but a collection of Santa Monica activists, residents, and stakeholders who oppose the Bergamot Transit Village development proposed by Hines 26th Street LLC (Hines) have used every tool in the book to either prevent or reverse the project from ever seeing light of day.

Residocracy.org founder Armen Melkonians (center) and his supporters submitted 13,440 petitions that seek to overturn the approved Bergamot Transit Village development.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Referendum Now Likely For Hines Development In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 8:46 am

Ken Genser Square was filled with congratulatory hugs, cheers of accomplishment, and festive balloons Tuesday morning. There were also boxes full of signed papers and a few members of the local and regional media, as the Santa Monica-based volunteer group Residocracy.org delivered 13,440 signatures petitioning to overturn the planned Bergamot Transit Village development at the old Papermate site at 1681 26th Street.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Bergamot Transit “Travesty” - And How We Can Stop It

Posted Mar. 4, 2014, 9:33 am

Dear Editor, After the approval of the “Hines Bergamot Transit Village” (BTV) by the City Council a few weeks ago, many residents are still scratching their heads.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Why The Hines Development Should Be Squelched

Posted Mar. 1, 2014, 12:19 pm

I am one of the citizens who is asking citizens to sign the petition to squelch the current approved DA by the Santa Monica City Council.

News, Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

Nat Trives: Why I Support The Bergamot Transit Village Project In Santa Monica

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, 8:57 am

For those of you who I haven’t had the pleasure of knowing, I am a very long time resident of our city by the sea – some even call me “Mr. Santa Monica.”

News, Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

The Question Before Us: Bergamot Station Development

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, 8:53 am

This weekend many of you saw petitioners asking for a referendum on our City Council decision regarding the former Papermate factory, now owned by Hines.

A rendering of LTD / Worthe’s proposal for Bergamot Station Arts Center at 2525 Michigan Avenue. It is one of three development teams vying for the rights to the development site.

News, Development, Santa Monica

Bergamot Station Arts Center Development Vote Delayed

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, 8:50 am

The beginning of February witnessed the Santa Monica City Council approving a large multi-use development to be built in the Bergamot Station area. As February comes to a close three weeks later, council members put off making a decision on moving forward with a development team to develop an arts-themed project in the same part of town.

A rendering of 26Street TOD Partners’ proposed 221,264 square foot development for 2525 Michigan Avenue.

News, City Council, Development, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

Bergamot Station Arts Center Development On Santa Monica Council Docket

Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 9:19 am

The Santa Monica City Council is not yet done with development in the Bergamot Station area. Just two weeks after formally approving the controversial Hines development agreement (DA) on second reading by a 4-3 vote, council members will be voting this Tuesday, Feb. 25 to allow the City Manager’s office to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with a developer to develop the Bergamot Station Arts Center.

A rendering of the Step Up On Colorado coming to 520 Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.

News, Downtown, Development, Santa Monica

Groundbreaking To Take Place Friday For "Step Up On Colorado" Housing Project

Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 8:32 am

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held this Friday for a new permanent Santa Monica supportive housing development called Step Up On Colorado.

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