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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.