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21 New Condos Planned At 21st Street

Complex would replace 15 one-story bungalow apartments near Virginia Avenue Park.

A condominium complex with 21 town home-style units, a roof deck and plenty of underground parking is planned at the southwest corner of Virginia Avenue and 21st Street.

Fifteen one-story bungalow apartments built between 1935 and 1951 currently sit on the .66-acre site. Plans call for demolishing those units to construct the new complex, according to an environmental report.

According to the report, each of the 21 new residences would be two-story units, with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms above a private garage. The underground parking structure—accessible via a single driveway from 20th Court Alley—would include 48 spaces, including four spots for guests.

The units would range in size from about 1,022 square feet to 1,554 square feet. Private patios would be built with the ground-floor unit and balconies for those on the second story.

The Environmental Impact Report found the new building would have little impact on traffic, noise and parking in the neighborhood. The public can comment on the report, available here, until 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 by contacting Steve Mizokami, an associate planner with the city.

Construction would take about a year and could begin as soon as late 2013.

The projectapplicant is Park Virginia LLC.

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Dan Charney October 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Why are we losing more of our soul and style so someone with money can make more? Why is this being approved? We need all the small older units we can save- especially if they are rent controlled. The money the tenants receive from the Ellis process will buy them nothing in this city. Zero. And, Community Core is a joke for most. Not surprised this is happening. Just another example of another planner who favors developers. Too bad.
Richard B October 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Thanks. Just what we need. Vote out all City Council Incumbents they have ruined this city with letting the developers take over. They have no concern for the actual residents. Get rid of the Bums !
SantaMonicaNative October 18, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Lets just hope the apartments are not like all of hose ugly, ugly box buildings that seem to be taking over Santa Monica. Everywhere you go you see the ugly modern boxes that take the place of the typical flat 50's apartments. These buildings say nothing more than cheap, poorly constructed and just plain ugly. I thought the City had an Architectural Review board, if so they are blind. Soon Santa Monica will be the city of ugly green boxes. Shame. Explain to me how all these muliple units have no effect on the traffic and parking when you add 50 or more people to a neighborhood?
Jill October 18, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I am afraid that Santa Parking Meter is going to become another Westwood village. I'ts soul ripped out. And where is all this money going???. I have one close living in Orange Country, one in Thousand Oaks both pay 2 percent less sales tax. Everytime they come to Santa Parking Meter, they ask "how can you live here?.
Brenda Barnes October 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM
So true. The first culprit, though, is the Rent Control Board, which has done nothing to try to save rental housing by making some kind of deal so the City does not allow far more square footage to be built on sites than is there now. For decades no one would destroy old buildings to build new ones because cities zoned areas for less building than was there already. Now it's always more, more, more. The ultimate responsibility, though, is the Council's, and all the bums should be thrown out, just as Richard B says below. Santa Monica for Santa Monicans. Vote for anyone but the two Davises and O'Day!.
Brenda Barnes October 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM
My husband Peter Naughton is a Cambridge University-educated urban planner with 31 years' experience on three continents working with responsible developers. To help residents of Village Trailer Park stop closure of the Park, we reviewed the EIRs for three projects planned to add a MILLION square feet of buildings in less than two blocks, with two-story underground parking structures under each. It turns out the area is a "medium to high" liquefaction danger area, as bad as the beachfront, and the particular site of Village Trailer Park is over 90% "high" danger. We have a major fault 700 FEET south of the City border, less than two miles away. What these people are approving is not just unwise, unlawful, cheap, and ugly, a future blight. It's beginning to become criminal. When the streets are beyond the density level (D on a scale of A to F), which the Municipal Code says is unlawful, and the general plan (LUCE) says projects must be "no new trips," and yet these projects were over 2,000 new car trips a day EACH but the Planning Commission either has already or will certify the EIRs, it is because the Council insists the City go in this way--the developers' way. As more and more pedestrians and bicyclists are killed on the streets. someone is going to win a lawsuit that takes all the money these profligate spenders thought constituted "community benefits" sufficient to approve these obscene projects. Save our City. Vote them all out now.

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