September 29, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Planning Commission Recommends 19-Unit Condo Development:

A shorthanded Santa Monica Planning Commission unanimously recommended a 19-unit condominium project with a 41-space subterranean parking garage last Wednesday night, but not without weighing concerns voiced from neighbors living next to the proposed development.

Vice-Chair Ted Winterer and Commissioner Jason Parry were both not present for the vote.

The three-story, 34-foot tall, 27,470 square foot, “market rate condominium complex” would be located on the east side of Fourteenth Street between Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway.

“This project will replace an abandoned nursing home, … provide new residences, (it is) pedestrian-friendly, and will enliven the neighborhood,” Ralph Mechur of Ralph Mechur Architects told commissioners.

Mechur, who brought a scaled model of the proposed project to present to planning commissioners, represents the property owners and designed the plans for the 19-unit condominium project.

City staff said the current design proposes a separation of the three buildings in order to reduce the scale of the overall project.

“The proposed project is designed to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood which primarily consists of multi-story, multi-family residential buildings ranging between two- to three-stories in height with an eclectic mix of architectural styles,” City staff said.

The project would feature five three-bedroom units and 14 two-bedroom units surrounding a central courtyard.

“The courtyard provides pedestrian-oriented amenities including benches and planters with extensive landscaping. Each ground floor unit has a patio to provide private open space; the upper floor units have either a terrace or balcony,” City staff explained. “Parking is provided in a single-level, 41-space semi-subterranean parking garage.”

An anonymous letter was sent to City staff opposing the proposed project, citing issues with the overall project size, potential increase in traffic, asbestos, and the lack of on-site affordable housing.

Some residents who lived near the proposed project and spoke at the commission meeting said while they liked the design of the building, they were concerned about noise during construction as well as asbestos and dust emanating from the current building’s demolition.

Many speakers also expressed concern about the property’s current owner, stating they have not properly maintained the current building there. Common complaints included the discovery of feces, roaches, and rodents, among others.

“The Architectural Review Board must review and approve the project’s design, building materials, colors and landscaping prior to submitting plans for building permits,” City staff stated. “The current project has been revised from the previously-approved design to provide a better modulated and pedestrian-oriented design in order to minimize the perceived massing and enhance the project’s compatibility with the property to the north, as well as the surrounding neighborhood.”

Planning commissioners considered the project as part of the applicant’s request for Development Review Permit. The project had previously been approved by the City Council in February 2008.

The project is located at 1433 Fourteenth Street and is owned by 1433-37 14th Street LLC. An existing one-story, almost 15,000 square feet, 69-bed convalescent home would be demolished to allow for the construction of the condominium development.

in News
Related Posts

Lawsuit Filed Against Plaza Development

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

Slow-growth group says City is violating Surplus Land Act By Sam Catanzaro A slow-growth group has filed a lawsuit to...

City Of Santa Monica Being Sued Over Proposed Plaza Project: Santa Monica Beat – September, 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica Being Sued Over Proposed Plaza Project. * LA Street...

Santa Monica Police Make Additional Arrests in Looting of REI

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

Marques Miles and Misty Jones arrested by Santa Monica Police Department Santa Monica police recently made additional arrests of two...

OpEd: The Miramar Project Will Be a New Architectural Jewel

September 27, 2020

September 27, 2020

The Miramar Hotel has been a central part of Santa Monica’s history and an integral part of the community for...

Edify TV: Trident Center Redevelopment

September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

The Westside’s Trident Center is getting a major overhaul and new name as part of a flurry of development in...

Miramar Project to go Before City Council Tuesday

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Councilmember Gleam Davis asks City Attorney whether she should rescue self from vote  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica lawmakers will...

SMa.r.t. Column: Needed, A Heart Transplant

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

We have written about adaptive reuse in previous columns and have postulated that with proper incentives, the existing one, two...

Edify TV: Boulders Blocking Westside Encampment

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

City officials recently removed boulders placed on sidewalks by some Westside residents to prevent the formation of a homeless encampment....

Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? Santa Monica Beat – September, 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? * Increases In...

SMC to Be Online for Winter and Spring 2021

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

College cites lack of available vaccine  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced it will be delivering classes...

Edify TV: Al Fresco Program Ending?

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

During a COVID-19 pandemic many restaurants have found aid through the City of Los Angeles’ Al Fresco dining program, but...

Local Breweries Say They Have Been Unfairly Shuttered as County Passes Grant Program

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

$10 million grant program approved by Board of Supervisors  By Sam Catanzaro Will a $10 million grant program be enough...

Santa Monica Loses Vegan Restaurant

September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

Space housing Santa Monica vegan restaurant Viva Vegan up for lease By Sam Catanzaro A vegan restaurant in Santa Monica...

Risks Posed by Wildfire Smoke

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

UCLA pulmonologist on how people can tell if the wildfires are making them sick By Toi Creel Even if you...

Will Los Angeles County See Another Spike in COVID-19 Cases?

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

County health officials keeping close eye on data this week By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health officials are monitoring...