Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 9:15 am
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously denied an appeal seeking to halt redevelopment of Pier 44 in Marina del Rey.
Posted Nov. 21, 2015, 10:29 am
The 4th/5th & Arizona project public process could be a drama in the “Kabuki Theater of Santa Monica.” A drama complete with Kabuki set roles of villagers, warlords, samurai, nobles, and servants and a plot of strategy and gamesmanship.
Posted Oct. 30, 2015, 9:15 am
Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night approved the second reading of an ordinance adopting a five-story, 102,500 square-foot mixed-use project at 1560 Lincoln Blvd. – the current site of a Denny’s restaurant.
Posted Oct. 28, 2015, 10:06 am
The former Village Trailer Park site at 2930 Colorado Ave. in Santa Monica resembles more of a ghost town as the site's pending development looms.
Posted Oct. 16, 2015, 8:56 am
A modern six-story development at 1415 5th Street featuring 64 residential units was approved fairly swiftly at Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night.
Posted Oct. 6, 2015, 3:48 pm
The Board of Supervisors today approved the next step toward development of two hotels in Marina del Rey, despite some residents' concerns.
Posted Jul. 24, 2015, 8:46 am
The somewhat-futuristic looking building, which is as slick as a building could be and looks like what Apple would design if they designed buildings, really is something new and innovative and reflects that in their “community benefits.”
Posted Jun. 16, 2015, 11:38 am
Big changes are coming to Santa Monica and city planners are working hard to coordinate all the moving pieces.
Posted Jun. 5, 2015, 10:30 am
The developer for the proposed 12-story 4th/5th and Arizona project came back in front of the Santa Monica Planning Commission on Wednesday night for a public hearing that lasted more than three-and-a-half hours.
Posted May. 31, 2015, 8:39 am
Nearly 77 years of history was reduced to rubble in less than 30 seconds this morning when the grandstand at shuttered Hollywood Park Racetrack was imploded to make way for a new mixed-use development.
Posted May. 15, 2015, 9:57 am
After hours upon hours of impassioned public hearings and divisive council discussions that peaked last week with a council meeting that went well into the early morning, the new zoning ordinance update (ZOU) and land use and circulation element (LUCE) amendment resolutions came to a close.
Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:39 am
The California Incline closed to traffic on Monday, April 20. I made the circuit of the “Big Three,” the three construction projects that have Santa Monicans talking about traffic. Walking from the under construction light rail station at 4th and Colorado, along the under construction Colorado Esplanade, and up Ocean Avenue to the under construction California Incline. All three projects have an estimated end date of Spring 2016.
Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 8:00 am
Santa Monica City Hall hosted two evenings of heated study sessions this week, with public comment and Council discussion on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) taking more than 10 hours.
Posted Apr. 14, 2015, 9:40 am
Brock on your Block host Phil Brock talks Residocracy founder Armen Melkonians about zoning and development in Santa Monica.
Posted Apr. 10, 2015, 9:24 am
Brock on your Block host Phil Brock talks with Residocracy founder Armen Melkonians about zoning and development in Santa Monica.
Posted Apr. 9, 2015, 9:05 am
As a graduate student studying Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Community Psychology, I essentially study what makes a city livable, how to integrate community members into their municipalities, and how to empower communities—in other words, my interest lies in what makes a city a happy city.
Posted Apr. 3, 2015, 9:08 am
The controversial corner block of Ocean and San Vicente is set to add a contemporary edge to Santa Monica with construction for a remodel underway on the 1952 property.
Posted Apr. 3, 2015, 8:54 am
The empty Paper Mate building, sitting at 1681 26th Street Santa Monica, and previous location of the proposed community-dividing Hines Project, has a new owner and with that, a new plan moving forward.
Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:35 am
A volunteer group of community members, residents and local activists has come together to stand up for a positive vision of Santa Monica’s future.
Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 12:01 pm
Dear Editor, Thursday afternoon, March 26, at 3:30 pm, I left my Emeritus class and drove from Arizona onto Ocean Avenue headed south. Construction had created gridlock. When at last I reached the next corner I turned left to try another route. But the cross streets were clogged by drivers who, like me, were trying to escape, as well as by more construction. On Second and Fourth Streets there was the same humongous blockage and it took me an hour just to get out of the downtown area.
Posted Feb. 5, 2015, 2:58 pm
Malibu has filed a motion to dismiss all claims in a federal lawsuit challenging a local measure that put limits on chain stores in the seaside city, according to court papers obtained today.
Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 8:54 am
A longtime development fight came to an end when a developer dropped the last of several lawsuits filed over the city of Malibu's rejection of the proposed Trancas Town project in the western part of the beach community.
Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:30 am
Despite extensive neighborhood protest, a development for 10 residential units at the site of 802 Ashland Avenue, Santa Monica, got the go-ahead Monday, with the design, colors, materials and landscape plans passed by the City’s Architectural Review Board (ARB).
Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10:35 am
Newly elected Santa Monica councilwoman Sue Himmelrich discusses development including a general message to developers looking to add to the area, as well as her thoughts on closing the Santa Monica Airport.
Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:53 am
The hotly-debated development of Bergamot Station Arts Center was placed in front of Santa Monica City Council once again last Tuesday, Nov. 25, with the community and council members deciding to increase the number of advisory committee members and better define the application of a list of guiding principles.