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Public Meeting Set on Martin Cadillac Mixed-Use Expansion

Residents say the proposed development on Bundy and Olympic, near the Expo Light Rail corridor, is too big and will worsen Westside gridlock.

A public meeting ahead of an environmental review of a major redo and expansion of Martin Automotive Group's showrooms at Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive is April 3.

At the meeting, residents can weigh in on the possible impacts of the car dealership's plans to rebuild its Cadillac-Saab-Pontiac-GM showrooms in West Los Angeles, and erect alongside them 516 residential units, 67,000 feet of shops, and an underground parking garage. Owner Dan Martin said the new showrooms will house a new line of all-electric and other environmentally friendly vehicles, including hybrid and zero-emission vehicles.

Dubbed the Martin Expo Town Center, it would add 807,200 square feet of new development on 4.7 acres, with a floor area ratio, a measure of how dense the building is, of 3.9. It will require zoning changes and a state-mandated Environmental Impact Report.

Santa Monica and Brentwood residents are concerned the project is too big and will choke traffic.

"Office space is particularly bad because it adds to the traffic that is already commuting into the area in the morning and out at night," South Brentwood Residents Association member Lauren Cole told Patch Monday. "At least residential space causes commutes in the opposite direction, although at that intersection I'm not sure that matters."

The Martin Expo Town Center plans call for 200,000 square feet of creative office space.

At least seven other developments—including two major mixed-use projects, Bergamot Transit Center at the former PaperMate site and the East Village at the Village Trailer Park—are planned less than one mile west in Santa Monica

SEE ALSO: Santa Monica City Council Moves Bergamot Area Plan Forward

Combined, but not including the Martin Expo Town Center, the projects are forecast to generate about 24,000 new car trips daily in the area, according to estimations by nearby neighborhood councils.

SEE ALSO: Transit Village Fight Crosses City Borders

Another controversial mixed-used development with 638 apartments and a big box retailer is proposed one block east of the 405 Freeway at Pico and Sepulveda boulevards.

The Martin Expo Town Center would connect to a future Expo Light Rail station across the street. Work is underway now to extend the rail line from its current terminus in Culver City to Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Santa Monica.

"We understand now with [the] Expo coming in that we have to support other forms of transportation," said Dan Martin, owner of Martin Automotive Group.

Martin said he and his team have done as much early community outreach as they can about the project. They have circulated surveys, and encouraged residents to attend the scoping meeting to address which factors they believe should be studied in Environmental Impact Report.

The scoping meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 at The Olympic Collection, 11301 West Olympic Blvd. All written comments for the project are due to city planning by April 19.

For more information about the project, visit the Martin Automotive Group's blog.

mimi March 30, 2013 at 04:18 PM
ADAPT is the operative word. Some residents realize this, some don't. Either way, residents who fail to adapt will become extinct, like the dinosaur.
Dan Charney March 30, 2013 at 10:20 PM
All these pro- expansion and denial of "no new net car trips" sound like they are being written by the same person- they do it on all the threads- pepper them with one liners about how "inevitable" and 'good for the area" it is - what transparent garbage- part of what is bad about the net is this stuff -
mimi April 01, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Here we go again. Some members of this community refuse to believe that more than one person could disagree with them, as well as have the audacity to post opposing comments. The notion that one person pretends to be several people in order to express convincing opposing comments is called "magical thinking" and is a primitive form of fantasy. It's cute and age appropriate when children engage in this behavior. When adults do it, they are in denial and feel desperate & angry. In the spirit of cooperation, let's not do this anymore to anyone on this board. We are capable of disagreeing with one another in a spirited manner without magical thinking. Thanks.
Dan Charney April 02, 2013 at 12:04 AM
one word -troll blah blah
Jim Gerstley April 02, 2013 at 06:27 AM
The ideal traffic situation is when people live and work in the same building and all the basic necessities of life are within a block or two. Factory towns could be set up that way. But is getting an apartment or condo in Santa Monica going to be dependent on whether or not you need a car to go to work? It's hard to believe that adding 500+ apartments is not going to add any peak hour traffic, though being near a light rail station will help. I used to work in the west San Fernando Valley; public transportation was not an option as it would have taken 4 different buses and 2-3 hours each way. I'm happy for those that can walk or bike to work or live and work along convenient transit corridors. But it is not an option for everyone in the sprawling metropolis of LA County and beyond. Now I mostly use public transportation or walk, but there are still times that I need my car.

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