March 6, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica’s Bergamot Area Plan Coming Into Focus As 2013 Approaches:

As the Santa Monica council still decides how it wants to move forward with the Village Trailer Park, a key document that could affect development in the area immediately surrounding one of City’s oldest neighborhoods was considered by Planning Commissioners last week. With a focus on urban form and open space, the Bergamot Area Plan hopes to bring in some new development while retaining culture.

According to City staff, the plan hopes to convert the Bergamot Art Center, which is located near the future Olympic and 26th Expo Light Rail station, into the walkable, human-scaled mixed-use and transit-oriented urban neighborhoods called for in the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE).

The Bergamot Area Plan outlines a transition 140 acres of former industrial land into a walkable, sustainable, and innovative mixed-use neighborhood.

Two key components of the plan are the Olympic Blvd/26th Street Expo Light Rail station – or Bergamot Transit Village – and Bergamot Art Center, which City staff describes as the transportation and cultural catalysts for the district.

The plan’s six core components, City staff pointed out, focus on urban form and open Space, land use, circulation and mobility, arts and culture, economic sustainability, and utilities infrastructure.

“Encompassing the Bergamot Transit Village and Mixed-Use Creative land use designations, the Bergamot Plan seeks to implement the LUCE and assemble an urban design, land use and circulation framework for creating a ‘complete neighborhood’ where new housing and jobs are supported by open spaces, quality streets, sidewalks and landscape that form the basis of a multi-modal transportation network,” City staff stated.

Part of the plan calls for the creation of walking and biking paths to reduce vehicle trips. The plan also aims to fill gaps in local services and amenities, and introduces the urban forest into a former industrial area.

Other features include new streets and greenways.

“The proposed Bergamot Street network … proposes a new grid of ten additional streets and fifteen additional pedestrian pathways is essential to provide pedestrians and bicyclists with safe and inviting routes, create openness, public landscape, and legibility through an identifiable rhythm of walkable city blocks,” City staff said.

Based on some of the planned dimensions, City Hall estimates as many as 10 miles of new sidewalk and more than two miles of bike lanes or sharrows (shared roadways) would be added to the area. Between 1.8 and 3.6 miles of multi-use paths could also be added.

The plan also calls for adding “character” to Olympic Boulevard, upgrading key intersections in the area, adding the “Nebraska Spine” to link the Bergamot Transit Village and Expo riders to the Mixed-use Creative District, establishing certain landmarks on Nebraska Avenue, and creating “life between the buildings.”

Another key element of the plan focuses on housing – specifically on where Bergamot-area workers would live.

“Although Bergamot workers can afford housing at a range of price points, many surveyed could not afford to live in Santa Monica today based on the information provided in their responses,” City staff stated.

However, City staff pointed out an estimated 45 percent of those working in the Bergamot area could afford to rent a home in Santa Monica as a single person.

Another 19 percent would be able to purchase a condominium.

“Only 1 percent could afford to purchase a single-family home,” City staff found.

City staff determined monthly rent levels in the Bergamot area would have to be between $1,000 and $1,500 for single or one-bedroom units for as many as 75 percent of employees there to “make living in the plan area a genuine choice.”

“Providing a stronger match between Bergamot workers and housing options would enable more of them to choose to live nearer to their jobs, thereby reducing congestion, commute time, and vehicle miles traveled, as well as helping businesses in the Bergamot area to attract and retain skilled workers,” City staff further stated. “This advantage could help the Bergamot area creative industry cluster.”

The plan also hopes to retain small business, bring in accessible restaurants and retail, and address parking issues.

With respect to parking, the Bergamot Area Plan “will establish a context-based transit-oriented parking program that meets the needs of future uses and also creates a pedestrian-friendly ‘park once’ environment that encourages walking and social interaction.”

Funding for the Bergamot Area is expected to come from developer contributions, assessments from homeowners and businesses, user fees, and grants.

Final details of the Bergamot Area Plan will still be fleshed out – first at another Planning Commission meeting in January before moving forward to council members shortly thereafter.

in News
Related Posts

Trader Joe’s Eyes Another Santa Monica Space

March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

Grocery store interested in space across the street from new Target By Sam Catanzaro Another major retailer may open in...

More Coastal Housing for the Westside?

March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

More affordable housing may be coming to Westside coastal neighborhoods. Learn more in this video made possible by School of...

Edify TV: Westside High-Rise Nears Completion

March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

A Westside high-rise checking in at over 30 stories is nearing has topped-out, the first building of this size built...

Police Union Considering Suing City of Santa Monica Over Lack of Citizen Commission Inclusion

March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

By Toi Creel ] The City of Santa Monica’s Police union is fighting to be included in a committee meant...

Video: Indoor Dining Close to Returning in LA County?

March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

Indoor dining could return to LA County very soon. Learn more and hear what diners have to say in this...

Santa Monica Teachers Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations Ahead of Campuses Reopening

March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021

SMMUSD partners with Providence St. John’s Health Center to vaccinate certain educators and staff By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica-Malibu Unified...

‘Safe Camping’ at the VA is Open To All Homeless Veterans

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

The “safe camping” program is geared toward getting homeless Veterans off the streets and provides a way to transition from homelessness to...

Santa Monica Police Warn of Thieves Targeting Seniors Near Palisades Park

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Two elderly woman robbed along Ocean Avenue recently By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are investigating two thefts targeting senior...

Santa Monica’s Zero Emissions Delivery Zone Pilot Has Begun: Santa Monica Beat – March, 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica’s Zero Emissions Delivery Zone Pilot Has Begun * City...

Video: Closing Down Westside Oil Field?

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

Officials are discussing closing a Westside oil field sitting on hundreds of acres of prime coastal land. Learn more in...

Pico Neighborhood Affordable Housing Project Breaks Ground

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

Over 70 units of affordable housing come to area near Woodlawn Cemetery By Sam Catanzaro A 70-unit-plus affordable housing development...

Large Properties Drive-up Santa Monica Home Sales Amid Pandemic

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

Annual report shows single-family home sales rising By Sam Catanzaro Interest in large properties with five-bedrooms or more helped drive-up...

Santa Monica Police Arrest Parolee for Setting Stolen Car on Fire

February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

Alex Omar Aguirre arrested by Santa Monica Police Department By Sam Catanzaro A Santa Monica resident this week watched as...