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Santa Monica Now Juggling 32 Development Applications

Building apartments at AMF Bayshore Lanes is among the latest development proposals.

In the final weeks of 2012, developers submitted applications to the city for seven new projects—a majority of them for mixed-use apartment and commercial buildings, including at the decades-old AMF Bayshore Lanes.

The end-of-the-year climb brings the number of development applications awaiting city approval to 32. The agreements give developers the rights to build beyond the city's size and zoning restrictions in exchange for providing "community benefits," like money to fund street improvements.

When city planning staffers faced a fewer number of 26 applications at the beginning of December, they said they couldn't keep up and asked the City Council to put in some new regulatory processes that would slow things down.

"The processing and review of the large number of pending Development Agreement applications... and the additional seven Development Agreement applications... have added to the challenge," said Planning Director David Martin.

The council is expected to make a decision on Martin's request on Tuesday night. For more on his proposal, see: Santa Monica to Consider Slowing Down Development.

The new applications are for mixed-use projects at 1560 Lincoln Blvd., 1613 Lincoln Blvd, 1637 Lincoln Blvd., 1641 Lincoln Blvd., 234 Pico Blvd., and 601 Colorado Ave.

At the bowling alley at 234 Pico Blvd., GRF Portfolio Properties has proposed a two-story project with 20,000 square feet of commercial space and 91 apartments. The early plans call for retaining a portion of the existing building, according to city planner Tony Kim.

"Whether it's going to stay a bowling alley... that I'm no sure about," Kim said.

The seventh new application is for a Mini Cooper dealership at 1400 Santa Monica Blvd.

The map above shows all 32 applications. Yellow pins, such as the site of the proposed Mini Cooper dealership, mark those projects that require Environmental Impact Reports.

JohnCySmith.com January 07, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I want to encourage everyone writing here to attend Tuesday night's City Council meeting where the explosion of DA's will be topic one. And Wednesday night the Planning Commission is scheduled to take up the Downtown Specific Plan, where most of these DA's are being sought. The bottom line is this: The pace and scale of development in Santa Monica is changing our city and the projects being built do not provide enough benefits to people who live here, or even work here and want to live here. Too much, too fast, wrong projects. Over-development is bringing us the traffic congestion all of us decry. Now City Hall is finally waking up to the problem, and even the City Manager is suggesting a slowdown. Thousands .of new shoe box size apartments going for $1700 a month and up is not the kind of housing we need here. But that is what so many of these projects produce. City Hall must either require developers to build housing that benefits people who live here and work here, or not approve the DA's. We need workforce housing that people with jobs can afford. Either require developers to build what we need, and include all costs of traffic mitigation, or do not let them build. Period.
Brenda Barnes January 07, 2013 at 11:03 PM
You are so right, John. And activism does work. We just got notice this morning the land speculator MARC LUZZATTO of Welk Real Estate (yes, nice old Lawrence Welk, being associated with such obscenity!), who's been trying for over six years to bulldoze our homes at Village Trailer Park, withdrew his application for a Rent Control removal permit again, for the third time now. Because we have fought this every step of the way, it has not been easy the way he and his co-conspirators at the City planned. We need to stop the COUNCIL from promoting all these awful developments. Residents should not have to mount their own legal defenses. Nonetheless, at least when we do, we can win, so people should keep fighting.
Wendy Frederick January 11, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Oh Dear!!! MORE DEVELOPMENTS COMING! UGH!! Take my word for it - you attend meetings with the City Council, and no one listens. They're forced to hear you out, but their minds are already made up to continue building. We can't stop them - no one can. Pretty soon, Santa Monica will be so built up and congested that no one will even want to come here. I've also been told that crime is on the rise in Santa Monica, too. I heard this on a radio station. I'm telling you - it makes me very sad to see how our City counsel is allowing all this to happen. No one will ever understand how bad it's gotten here, unless you've lived in Santa M. for a long time and can compare how it used to be, to how it is now. I'm afraid, the good old days are over!!
Brenda Barnes January 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM
You're so right, Wendy, but a lot of people believe anything connected--however loosely--to "progress" and especially anything "transit-oriented"--has to be great. I think every development should be looked at on its merits and on the cumulative impacts with all the other projects people are building that LUCE allows without any review. That is a ticking time bomb. Just increasing units by doubling them, as LUCE allows without any of us knowing about it, and changing rental housing to luxury condos, will destroy the City. We need to recall everyone on the Council who voted for LUCE--that is everyone except McKeown, Winterer and Vasquez--and get back to some basic principles. LUCE says no new car trips, but there is no way to enforce it, so it is just ignored. Same with preserve existing neighborhoods. There need to be priorities that cannot be violated. Like who would ever have thought anyone could choose developers over seniors by moving the Senior Center from an oceanview building in Palisades Park to a windowless overcrowded room on 4th Street? And putting in luxury condos at the Miramar at the same time the California Incline is closed? Stuff like that is happening every day.
Lou Averbach February 22, 2013 at 03:59 PM
More people need to be informed, how many know the amount of development that is being scheduled. Where do people get involved? Is anyone circulating a petition?

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