Development

D.A.’S should be D.O.A.

SMART COLUMN — Santa Monica is undergoing a period of sustained growth. Why are we at a crossroads where even bus shelters can’t be designed successfully. We have a city budget driving development, and codes allowing Development Agreements (D.A.s) that exceed our zoning codes. It has become the standard for developers to request... Read more →

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Council aims to fight gentrification

CITY HALL - City Council implemented what one member called “a temporary restraining order” on large residential development in two neighborhoods last week. As the Planning Commission grapples with a controversial project in the Pico Neighborhood that, if approved, could replace 15 rent controlled units with 21 new apartments, council... Read more →

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Village Trailer Park replacement project chugging along

MID-CITY - The project set to controversially replace a 109-space trailer park is slowly gaining approval from city officials. The Architectural Review Board (ARB) — in this case the last stop in City Hall's development agreement process - asked developers to refine their plans for the Village Trailer Park land a second time but noted that... Read more →

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The Cottage is restored, open for business

OCEAN AVENUE — After years of red tape, Santa Monica’s last remaining beach-facing cottage can be enjoyed by moneyed visitors. The historic yellow cottage at 2219 Ocean Ave. took on its first short-term rental earlier this summer. The owners have another renter lined-up for later this year. They are asking $3,500 per night for the... Read more →

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Council to consider extending private beach leases

THE BEACH - City Council is considering changes to a lease agreement with a private beach club that could result in an increase of about $330,000 per year paid to Santa Monica. When the Beach Club first leased sand from City Hall in 1990 they were paying about two cents per square foot annually. This time around, with City Council's... Read more →

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Faces of Silicon Beach: Chris Brereton

Chris Brereton Erik Huberman: E: What made you decide to be an entrepreneur? What about your childhood, your upbringing, anything? • Chris Brereton: I’ve always been just sort of independent anyway and, oh, I grew up playing in a rock and roll band as the lead singer and basically managed the band and learned a lot about business... Read more →

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Renters could pay less, landlords more

CITY HALL - City Council will consider green-lighting a ballot measure that would allow the Rent Control Board to increase costs for landlords and decrease fees for renters. If approved by council and then by voters in November, registration fees for rent-controlled apartments could shoot up to $288 per unit annually, from $175 last year.... Read more →

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Planning Commission to consider Fred Segal plot

City Hall — Just weeks after the Planning Commission considered developments on plots of land previously occupied by Norms and currently occupied by Denny's, they'll take a look at a seven-story development slated for the land where Fred Segal sits. The applicant, DK Broadway LLC, hopes to knock down the building that was for years filled... Read more →