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City Hall addresses lack of loading zones on Main Street

Signs indicate where delivery drivers can park on Santa Monica Boulevard. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) MAIN STREET — Small business owners have enough to worry about these days thanks to rising rents and a still-struggling economy. The last thing they need to fret about is their deliveries. But they have been a source of... Read more →

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Brief: Westside seniors get new service

A Santa Monica-based social service agency has initiated a new program that will help senior citizens with homecare. WISE & Healthy Aging partnered up with Los Angeles-based 24Hr HomeCare to establish the WISE HomeCare service to ensure that seniors receive the highest quality of care. WISE’s CEO and president, Grace Cheng Braun,... Read more →

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Saint John’s parking plan moves closer to approval

Saint John's Health Center (File photo) MID-CITY — Despite a loss of 215 parking spaces at Saint John’s Health Center since April, the hospital is close to fulfilling its parking obligations under an agreement with City Hall, officials said. On March 31, the hospital lost its parking agreement with the Colorado Center (formerly... Read more →

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Developer has big plans for old buildings

OLD SCHOOL: The Telephone Building at 1314 Seventh St. is undergoing a major renovation. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN— Philip Orosco cut his teeth creating new buildings in Santa Monica during the early 1990s and now he’s back to repurpose old ones. Today, he runs Pacshore Partners, a secretive real estate... Read more →

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Creative-office building purchased for $7.9M

EASTSIDE A 18,000 square-foot office building has been purchased for $7.9 million, according to Lee & Associates-Los Angeles West, a brokerage firm. This office building on Stanford Street was recently purchased for $7.9 million. (Photo courtesy Lee & Associates) A limited liability company purchased the building, which is... Read more →

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Pressure on Edgemar following newly approved gym

Code compliance officers are investigating businesses at the Edgemar Center for the Arts on Main Street. (File photo) EDGEMAR CENTER — A recent stir about an incoming Crossfit gym at the Edgemar Center For The Arts is putting pressure on several other properties within the Frank Gehry-designed complex. Code compliance is actively... Read more →

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Traffic fears guide Bergamot development debate

PROGRESS: The site of a future stop for the Expo Light Rail Line is directly across Olympic Boulevard from the Hines project. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITY HALL — Planning Commissioners grappled with the lack of residential space and neighborhood retail available in the Bergamot area as they discussed the Hines project... Read more →

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9 screens, 1,200 seats proposed for mall theater

The L3 event space at Santa Monica Place may be redeveloped into a movie theater. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — A proposed movie theater for the third level of Santa Monica Place mall would feature nine screens, 1,239 seats, and 29 feet of added height to the structure, according to plans submitted to City Hall by... Read more →

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Serving up new Downtown restaurants

An 800 Degrees pizza parlor is planned for this space at 120 Wilshire Blvd. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Rustic Canyon restaurateurs are adding two new establishments to their current four with an Asian-fusion bistro and a wine bar/store on Seventh Street at Arizona Avenue. Conditional use permits were issued at the... Read more →

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Commissioners give hotel developer list of demands

GOING AWAY? This building on Colorado Avenue is slated to be replaced by a hotel. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Developer OTO can’t build their hotels at Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue unless they agree to pay workers $15.37 an hour, give $1 million for street enhancements, and adhere to stringent water usage... Read more →

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Public gets look at Memorial Park plan

A worker leaves the construction site of the Expo Light Rail Line at the corner of 17th Street and Colorado Avenue on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CROSSROADS — Memorial Park Neighborhood planners are looking to spruce up Colorado Boulevard while adhering to the density and height restrictions of the Land Use and... Read more →