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A rendering of the seven-story mixed-use building proposed for 500 Broadway. Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to direct city staff to initiate the development agreement negotiation review process.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

500 Broadway Development Moves Forward For Review

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 9:13 am

Plans for the downtown Santa Monica block bordering Broadway and 5th Street have been approved for review, with City Council voting Tuesday to move forward with the development process for the site.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Slugs Developers With Affordable Housing Fee

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 9:06 am

The creation of an affordable housing linkage fee on new development projects moved one step closer to fruition following the Santa Monica City Council’s recent vote on the issue.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: The Magic Of Adaptive Reuse

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:22 am

Dear Editor, Just like your body, the urban fabric is continually renewing itself: buildings are continually torn down and new ones erected in their place in response to economic, demographic and political factors.

News, Development, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

Bergamot Art Center Proposals To Be Discussed At Saturday Meeting

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 9:12 am

A special meeting will be held this Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10am to discuss the proposals for the Bergamot Art Center prior to the City Council’s consideration of the same on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

A rendering of the new proposed project at the former Village Trailer Park site, which calls for a 341,390-square-foot mixed-use project at 2930 Colorado Avenue.

News, Development, Santa Monica

Village Trailer Park’s Proposed Replacement Gains ARB Support

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 8:45 am

The developer behind the proposed replacement of Village Trailer Park presented updated plans at the Architectural Review Board (ARB) on Monday, addressing concerns raised earlier in the public process and telling board members certain design elements were “complete.”

Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

Editor To The Letter: The Bergamot Arts Complex - Not Too Late To Get It Right

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:46 am

Dear Editor, The train is coming! In less than two years, the Expo Line will arrive in Santa Monica. While the Expo Station will be ready on time, the adjacent Bergamot Arts Complex likely will not.

News, Development, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Sued Over Ballot Measure Taxing Voters To Fund More Development

Posted Aug. 13, 2014, 9:18 am

No Taxes to Fund Development (NTFD), a citizen's group that says it formed to oppose a Santa Monica City Hall sponsored tax hike that will appear on this November’s ballot, filed a lawsuit Monday, Aug. 11 against the City of Santa Monica in Superior Court.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Thirsty Development In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 10, 2014, 8:39 am

Dear Editor, By now everyone knows about the drought, although some people seem to be in denial about the problem it presents. The governor has asked for a 20 percent reduction in use, and our City has followed suit and asked residents to reduce water use by 20 percent.

Belmar Apartments, the largest affordable housing development that the City of Santa Monica has ever helped finance, is now providing homes for 160 families

News, Development, Santa Monica, Housing

Belmar Apartments Officially Opens In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 2, 2014, 9:32 am

Nine years in the making, the grand opening for Belmar Apartments in Santa Monica was held Thursday. The affordable housing development located at 1725 Ocean Avenue includes 160 new apartments that are now home to a diversity of households.

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.

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