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More kids allowed at residential child care center

Despite complaints from numerous neighbors, the Planning Commission agreed to let a residential child care center double the number of kids allowed on site. The Activity Place, which currently looks after 14 kids, will be allowed to serve 30 kids, assuming an appeal is not filed. Five neighbors complained about the center as it... Read more →

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Fire causes closure of Tar & Roses

A popular Santa Monica restaurant has closed temporarily following a fire that was caused by heat from its wood-burning oven, fire officials said. Crews responded to Tar & Roses, located at 602 Santa Monica Blvd., at about 4 p.m. Wednesday to extinguish a fire that broke out in the space above the restaurant. Heat from the flue got... Read more →

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4th/Arizona project to head to Planning Commission

Editor's note: A previous iteration of this article incorrectly stated the number of parking spaces had substantially increased. The most recent iteration of a proposed 148-foot-tall development planned for a plot of public land at Fourth Street and Arizona Avenue has more office space but fewer hotel rooms and housing units than the... Read more →

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Hot Dog on a Stick to close for remodel

OCEAN FRONT WALK — The original Hot Dog on a Stick is scheduled to close later this year for a remodel, according to Kathleen Shaffer, the company’s spokesperson. The stand would likely close for about two months starting in November or December. The company hopes to make its flagship shack larger and compliant with the Americans with... Read more →

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Haggen replaces Albertsons on Lincoln Boulevard

It's Auf Wiedersehen Albertsons and hello Haggen on Lincoln Boulevard. Albertsons closed at 6 p.m. April 23 and Haggen officially opens April 25. The store has new branding, new products and will continue to evolve in the coming weeks. Grocery giants Safeway and Albertsons announced plans to merge last year. As part of the regulatory... Read more →

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Starbucks opening 21st location in Santa Monica

Soon, Santa Monica will have more Starbucks than post offices (three), fire stations (five), libraries (five), and City Council members (seven) combined. The 21st Starbucks coffee in Santa Monica is slated to replace a Kentucky Fried Chicken on Pico Boulevard at Stewart Street, according to documents filed with the Architecture Review... Read more →

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Tier 3 development talks turn heated amid zoning debate

On Wednesday, City Council debated dozens of issues presented in the new Zoning Ordinance but only a few of the votes went 4-3. A majority of the plans for the ordinance, which will dictate land uses throughout the city for years to come, were agreed upon unanimously or faced two holdouts — Councilmembers Terry O'Day and Pam O'Connor —... Read more →

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ArcLight files plans for second Santa Monica theater

Construction of an ArcLight movie theater on the third level of the Santa Monica Place mall is underway but plans for a second theater, with 14 screens and about 2,400 seats, to replace Parking Structure 3 on Fourth Street, were filed with City Hall earlier this month. City Council voted last year to enter negotiations with ArcLight over... Read more →

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Santa Monica brewery comes out swingin’

Around this time last spring, the thought entered Scott Francis’ mind while he was watching a baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Santa Monica Brew Works hadn’t sold any beer — it hadn’t even opened its doors or begun brewing — but the thought was too perfect for Francis to keep to himself. “I turned to the guy I was with and... Read more →

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203K-square-foot office planned at former Hines site

New plans for the site of arguably the most controversial Santa Monica development in recent years include reoccupation and an addition, totaling 203,816 square feet of office space, according to documents filed with City Hall earlier this month. Hines, the Texas-based developer whose larger project included nearly 375,000 square feet of... Read more →