Posted Nov. 22, 2013, 7:01 am
After three public hearings on the matter, the Santa Monica Planning Commission on Wednesday night resumed its consideration of the mixed-use development agreement (DA) proposed to be built at Bergamot Transit Village Center by Hines 26th Street LLC.
Posted Nov. 16, 2013, 9:33 am
The Santa Monica Democratic Club has announced new speakers at its upcoming Wednesday meeting to discuss pending hotel proposals in the city and the status of negotiations for living wage agreements.
Posted Nov. 16, 2013, 8:56 am
When contractors, construction industry-related business owners, real estate owners, and corporate hotel management types wake up in the morning, the first thought in their heads is always the same: “What can I do to reduce traffic and car congestion in Santa Monica?”
Posted Nov. 11, 2013, 9:00 am
Hotels in Santa Monica are no strangers to news, what with the Fairmont Miramar planning expansion and the Loews Hotel currently serving as home to the American Film Market (AFM). Even hotels yet to be built, such as the proposed Hampton Inn and Suites (Hilton) and Courtyard by Marriott, have been featured on the pages of the local press.
Posted Nov. 8, 2013, 9:11 am
Members of the Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Coalition (Wilmont) made a few resolutions at the group’s annual meeting last weekend, touching upon some key Santa Monica issues such as development agreements (DA), the Fairmont Miramar Hotel’s expansion plans, and fitness training at Palisades Park, among other issues.
Posted Nov. 5, 2013, 8:56 am
The Mirror would like to clarify details on the article published Oct. 18 “Poll Shows Residents Don’t Favor Dense, Tall Buildings” that contained a survey question relating to the Fairmont Miramar’s redevelopment project. The Mirror was unable to confirm who paid for the poll before time of press, but can now report that The Huntley Hotel contracted with Lake Research Partners to conduct a telephone poll of 404 Santa Monica voters between September 10 and 15.
Posted Oct. 25, 2013, 9:30 am
A lot of California cities could use $56.8 million from the State to fuel redevelopment projects or pay off existing debt. However, this is one time where the money will travel the other direction as the City of Santa Monica agreed to settle a lawsuit over redevelopment funds.
Posted Oct. 19, 2013, 6:30 am
Dear Editor: The Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights Steering Committee unanimously urges the Planning Commission and the City Council to just say “NO” to the proposed Hines Project DA.
Posted Oct. 18, 2013, 9:16 am
To build or not to build: it is a question that always seems to be asked in Santa Monica, what with multiple projects proposed or already under construction in the City’s urban core.
Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 9:14 am
The two proposed hotels at the corners of 5th & Colorado form the gateway from Expo to downtown. What statement will they make? “Welcome,” “I’m on vacation,” “come in and have fun,” “enjoy Santa Monica with its fresh air and sunlight,” or even just to stop and admire.
Posted Oct. 11, 2013, 8:52 am
A development agreement (DA) originally approved by the Santa Monica City Council in 2011 was revisited and amended Tuesday night, as a shorthanded council approved modifications to building and parking access, ground floor design, and layout.
Posted Oct. 6, 2013, 10:23 am
With an updated Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) still taking shape, two new hotels could be erected in Santa Monica’s urban core in the very near future – but not before planning commissioners vet a pair of development agreements, or DAs, before they reach the City Council.
Posted Oct. 1, 2013, 9:28 am
City officials filed on Sept. 19 a Notice of Preparation for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Santa Monica Downtown Specific Plan (DSP), informing relevant parties and the general public of pertinent information applicable to the proposed zoning update.
Posted Sep. 23, 2013, 8:14 am
Height restriction. Density. Community benefits. How much – or how little – of each do Santa Monica residents desire when a new development comes to town? A satisfactory answer to each and all of those questions might be elusive, but a research firm could be hired to determine whether any sort of consensus exists among Santa Monica residents.
Posted Sep. 22, 2013, 9:35 am
Dear NOMA members and friends, It was standing room only in the Franklin School cafeteria Thursday night, as some 200 Santa Monicans turned out to sharply criticize a development project that has been proposed for the eastern end of the city’s busy Wilshire corridor.
Posted Sep. 11, 2013, 9:09 am
With the Expo Line slowly taking shape across Santa Monica and the Downtown Specific Plan being crafted by City staff, planning commissioners will be looking at a major component of the Bergamot Area Plan tonight.
Posted Sep. 10, 2013, 1:07 pm
We call upon you to downsize this proposed Bergamot area plan, and find ways to incorporate more open space. If approved in its current form, this deeply flawed plan would increase density, pollution and traffic in our city, and further erode the quality of life that we residents so prize.
Posted Sep. 6, 2013, 8:57 am
A project proposing to build almost 500,000 square feet of hotel, office, retail, and residential space in the heart of Santa Monica’s urban core at 4th and Arizona will have to wait a little while longer before seeing the light of day.
Posted Sep. 1, 2013, 8:58 am
Santa Monica hotel workers will join congregants at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCCSM) today, Sept. 1 to speak out about OTO Development.
Posted Aug. 17, 2013, 9:12 am
Rem Koolhaas is not a household name in Santa Monica, but that is about to change. Koolhaas, a Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate (think Best Picture/Best Director/Best Actor/Oscar) is the lead architect for the design of the public/private project at the 4th/5th and Arizona Street site.
Posted Aug. 16, 2013, 9:13 am
Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor and Public Works director Martin Pastucha joined City officials Wednesday for the topping out ceremony for the redevelopment of Parking Structure 6, located on 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard.
Posted Aug. 16, 2013, 8:46 am
It could be argued a perfect day in Santa Monica is when the thermometer reads 84 degrees Fahrenheit. If it were possible to gauge the uppermost height restrictions many residents hoped would be prescribed the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP), such a thermometer would ideally read 84 feet.
Posted Aug. 9, 2013, 9:28 am
On the heels of the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) that’s set to dominate the City Council’s agenda Tuesday evening, members of the Architectural Review Board (ARB) met with world-renowned architect and Santa Monica resident Frank Gehry on Wednesday to discuss design plans of a future art deco hotel to one of the city’s busiest intersections.
Posted Aug. 9, 2013, 8:48 am
Santa Monica’s city leaders and business representatives rubbed elbows with each other at the Fairmont Miramar as Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) held its annual meeting Thursday morning.
Posted Aug. 7, 2013, 9:18 am
I recently attended the monthly NOMA (North of Montana Association) meeting and shook my head in disbelief when a Big Blue Bus representative explained there is new planning management who will be looking at alternative routes to connect with the Expo line as there is no parking, other than street parking, connected to the three Santa Monica stations.