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A rendering of the Step Up On Colorado coming to 520 Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.

News, Downtown, Development, Santa Monica

Groundbreaking To Take Place Friday For "Step Up On Colorado" Housing Project

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.

Cirque du Soleil will present a free preview this Thursday, Feb 6 at 12:30 pm at the Third Street Promenade.

News, Downtown, Theater, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Cirque Du Soleil To Present Free Street Show Thursday On Third Street Promenade

Posted Feb. 4, 2014, 9:24 am

Visitors to Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade will be in for a special treat this Thursday, Feb. 6 when Cirque du Soleil presents a free preview of its traveling production "Totem" that's currently on show next to the Santa Monica Pier through March 16.

A rendering of the 32-foot pylon that will be installed at the north end of the Third Street Promenade at Wilshire Boulevard.

News, City Council, Downtown, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Third Street Promenade Wayfinding Pilot Program Approved

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:18 am

A pilot program to help make it easier for people navigate the Third Street Promenade and to activate the northernmost section of the Santa Monica thoroughfare was approved Jan. 14 by the City Council, though not without a little resistance.

The new parking structure 6, which was demolished and rebuilt to create more parking spaces.

News, Downtown, Santa Monica, Parking

Parking Structure 6 Reopens On Second Street

Posted Dec. 19, 2013, 3:52 pm

The City of Santa Monica has officially opened its new Parking Structure #6 at 1431 2nd Street in downtown Santa Monica.

A rendering of the new parking structure 6, which was demolished and rebuilt to create more parking spaces.

News, Downtown, Santa Monica, Parking

Renovated Santa Monica Parking Structure 6 Reopens Today

Posted Dec. 19, 2013, 8:39 am

The renovated Parking Structure 6 at 1431 2nd Street (between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard) in downtown Santa Monica will open to the public at 2 pm today, Dec. 19.

Santa will make a special appearance to help light the City of Santa Monica’s tree on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 pm on Third Street Promenade near Wilshire Boulevard.

Downtown, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Celebrate The Holidays With Downtown Santa Monica Throughout December

Posted Dec. 5, 2013, 7:54 am

The temperature may be cooling down but the number of happenings is heating up with the arrival of the holiday season. Every year Santa Monica hosts a series of holiday events and activities that light up Downtown, bringing a festive holiday spirit to the city.

A rendering of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel proposed for the corner of Colorado Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Santa Monica.

News, City Council, Downtown, Santa Monica, Hotels

Santa Monica City Council Green Lights Courtyard By Marriott & Hampton Inn

Posted Nov. 15, 2013, 9:04 am

Light rail stations and hotels are not an uncommon partnership. In neighboring Los Angeles, a few of Metro’s rail lines have stops adjacent to hotels such as The W in Hollywood and The Standard in downtown Los Angeles. In Santa Monica, two hotels will soon be located across from the Expo Line terminus as council members unanimously approved Tuesday the development of a Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn by Hilton.

Brenton Garen sits down with Downtown Santa Monica’s Mackenzie Carter to discuss ICE at Santa Monica.

Downtown, Santa Monica, In The Chair

In The Chair With Brenton Garen: Downtown Santa Monica's Mackenzie Carter

Posted Nov. 6, 2013, 9:51 am

In this week's episode of "In The Chair," Santa Monica Mirror Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen interviews Mackenzie Carter, the program director at Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., about the 2013 opening of ICE at Santa Monica.

Located on the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.’s ICE at Santa Monica will be open daily through Jan. 20, 2014. A grand opening celebration will be held Thursday, Nov. 7.

News, Downtown, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Ice Ice Baby! Santa Monica Holiday Rink Opens Today

Posted Nov. 1, 2013, 9:02 am

It’s that time of the year again with the return of Downtown Santa Monica’s enormously popular ICE at Santa Monica skating rink, which opens today just in time for the holiday season.

News, City Council, Downtown, Development, Santa Monica

Development Agreement For 401 Broadway In Downtown Santa Monica Amended

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.

The Santa Monica 5000 5k/10k benefits the Santa Monica - Malibu Education Foundation.

News, Downtown, Fitness, Santa Monica, Running

Santa Monica 5000 Returns To City Sunday Morning

Posted Oct. 5, 2013, 9:06 am

The eighth annual Santa Monica 5000 returns this Sunday, Oct. 6, so expect road closures and bus detours throughout the morning.

Copa d'Oro will present its Pajama Party this Friday.

Downtown, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Copa d’Oro To Host Pajama Party Friday To Support Upward Bound House

Posted Oct. 3, 2013, 8:26 am

Santa Monica bar Copa d’Oro will host a Pajama Party for its first Friday theme night party, which will be held Oct. 4 from 5:30 pm until closing.

News, Downtown, Development, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Files Notice Of Preparation For Downtown Specific Plan

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.

News, Downtown, Business, Santa Monica

Five-Year Office Lease Signed At Santa Monica Clock Tower Building

Posted Sep. 26, 2013, 8:43 am

Commercial real estate services firm Avison Young announced it has completed a five-year office lease valued at $1.35 million with GumGum, Inc., an image-based advertising firm.

City Council approved a preservation covenant Tuesday for the shuttered Post Office at 1248 Fifth Street.

News, City Council, Downtown, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council Delivers Vote To Preserve Shuttered Post Office

Posted Aug. 30, 2013, 9:16 am

Santa Monica’s recently shuttered Post Office on the corner of 5th and Arizona is now on a path to become a historic landmark, thanks to a 5 to 1 vote in favor of a preservation covenant Tuesday night.

News, Downtown, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Place Seeks Community Input On Stores, Restaurants

Posted Aug. 24, 2013, 9:10 am

What retailers and restaurants would you like to see at Santa Monica Place? That’s the question developer Macerich is asking on Popularise.

News, Downtown, Santa Monica, Parking

Downtown Parking In-Lieu Fee Program To Be Updated

Posted Aug. 24, 2013, 9:06 am

With everyone looking up and pondering whether the blue sky and sun will give way to high-rise developments, the Downtown Specific Plan is not the only blueprint for the future that Santa Monica’s civic leaders are currently deliberating.

Santa Monica City Council members will discuss the prospect of historically preserving the shuttered Post Office at 1248 Fifth Street.

News, Downtown, Business, Santa Monica

Former Santa Monica Post Office At 5th/Arizona May Gain Historic Status

Posted Aug. 23, 2013, 9:09 am

Santa Monica City Hall and Washington, D.C., are expected to face off against one another in 2015 to determine the fate of Santa Monica Airport (SMO). On a much smaller scale, Santa Monica is preparing to deal with the federal government regarding another piece of government-owned property within city limits: the Post Office.

Parking Structure 6 at 1432 2nd Street is expected to open in mid-December 2013 with space for 730 vehicles.

News, City Council, Downtown, Development, Santa Monica, Parking

Parking Structure 6 To Reopen Mid-December In Downtown Santa Monica

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.

The Santa Monica City Council voted Tuesday to restrict studies for the DSP’s Environmental Impact Report to proposed developments of up to 84 feet

News, City Council, Downtown, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Downtown Specific Plan To Steer Clear Of Triple Digits – For Now

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.

DTSM CEO Kathleen Rawson addresses the audience at Thursday morning’s Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. annual meeting.

News, Downtown, Development, Business, Santa Monica

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Annual Meeting Celebrates Past, Looks Ahead To Future

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.

News, Downtown, Santa Monica, Hotels

Fairmont Miramar Volleys Back In Budding Legal Battle With The Huntley

Posted Jul. 26, 2013, 8:09 am

If “Mean Girls 3” were ever produced, the bickering back and forth between Santa Monica’s two largest hotels would be the ideal cast members. Less than one week after the Huntley Hotel’s lawyers issued a demand letter to the Fairmont Miramar, the legal team behind Ocean Avenue LLC (the group who owns the Miramar) responded with a five-page response.

M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater will provide pre-show comedy performances at tonight's “Cinema on the Street” screening at the Third Street Promenade.

Downtown, Seven Days, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, Film

What's Hot: Cinema On The Street 
Presents “Three Amigos!” Tonight

Posted Jul. 26, 2013, 8:00 am

Cinema on The Street in Downtown Santa Monica will conclude its three-week run today at 7:30 pm with a screening of “Three Amigos!”

News, Planning Commission, Downtown, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's Downtown Specific Plan Detours Through Planning Commission

Posted Jul. 22, 2013, 9:14 am

Not quite a left turn at Albuquerque, the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) found itself on the Planning Commission agenda eight days after the Santa Monica City Council tabled its discussion on the matter until Aug. 13.

Santa Monica’s Downtown Specific Plan remains in a holding pattern until next month as three of the seven City Council members were not present at Tuesday’s Council meeting.

News, Downtown, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's Downtown Plan Study Session Tabled Until August

Posted Jul. 12, 2013, 8:44 am

The phrase “hurry up and wait” was certainly the theme of the evening at Santa Monica City Hall earlier this week. A process 18 months in the making, the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) finally arrived in front of the City Council July 9, only to have deliberation of the key planning document tabled until August because three members of the elected panel were not present at this week’s study session.

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