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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 8:26 am
Dear Editor, This letter is to the residents against the Hines project. How do you solve a problem that is already unbearable by rallying to do - nothing?
Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 9:29 am
In a predictable series of events Tuesday and Wednesday evening, the Hines development agreement (DA) officially moved forward and a group of residents carried through with the launch of a referendum campaign to veto the now-approved Bergamot Transit Village (BTV) at the previous Papermate facility at 1681 26th Street.
Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:19 am
Dear Editor, The proposed Bergamot Transit Village (BTV) is big enough to cause “significant and unavoidable” impacts to much of the Santa Monica/Venice/West LA area.
Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 6:59 am
What actually happened at the Tuesday night’s Santa Monica City Council meeting? First, by a 4 to 3 vote the Hines Development Agreement was approved.
Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 6:44 am
Dear Editor, I recently attended my first Santa Monica City Council meeting after moving here a year and a half ago from the Valley. I came to speak and support the Bergamot Transit Village project and sat through hours of public comments.
Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 9:27 am
Santa Monica activist Armen Melkonians will host a referendum launch event this Wednesday, Feb. 12 in an attempt to veto the City Council’s 4-3 vote Tuesday night to approve Hines’ 765,095 square foot mixed-use development at 1681 26th Street.
Posted Feb. 5, 2014, 9:05 am
Despite a 300-person rally in front of Santa Monica City Hall urging council members to vote “no” on a proposed mixed-use development dramatically altering the Bergamot Station area, the Santa Monica City Council narrowly approved Tuesday night a slightly modified development agreement (DA) to allow Hines 26th Street LLC to bring a five-building commercial, creative, and residential space to the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and 26th Street.
Posted Feb. 4, 2014, 9:21 am
Dear Editor, On Tuesday of last week, Hines brought their plans for Bergamot Transit Village before the Santa Monica City Council. At the hearing, community feedback ran the gamut with those opposed to the project making it clear that their primary fear was increased traffic.
Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:36 am
Dear Editor, The Hines project at Bergamot is consistent with our city's strategy of directing growth to this station area, helps us meet our sustainability goals and prepares us for the future.
Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:24 am
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.
Posted Feb. 2, 2014, 9:15 am
I want to add my voice the growing chorus of people who recognize that change may be hard and controversial, but continuing on the path we are on is the far less attractive alternative.
Posted Jan. 31, 2014, 8:53 am
The fate of a controversial development agreement (DA) considered to be the largest ever in Santa Monica at 1681 26th Street and would transform a portion of Bergamot Station into combined commercial, residential, and transit neighborhood is still up the air as the City Council held off on deliberating the matter until Feb. 4.
Posted Jan. 28, 2014, 9:48 am
Dear Mayor O’Connor and Members of the City Council, Well, here we go again. Unfortunately, in September you have chosen to vote for the proposed Bergamot Transit Village Development despite strong opposition voiced by many residents.
Posted Jan. 27, 2014, 10:12 am
After years of float-ups, hearings, project designs, public review, and scoping, the Santa Monica City Council will finally have its first reading of a development agreement (DA) on Tuesday night proposing to significantly alter the cityscape at 1681 26th Street.
Posted Jan. 26, 2014, 8:26 am
Dear Santa Monica City Council, I am writing to you to call your attention to a major deficiency in the EIR for the proposed Hines Development Agreement.