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Hotel, office could join Bergamot artists

Finance officials recommended that City Council choose 26Street TOD Partners for a development at the Bergamot Station Art Center. (Rendering courtesy 26Street TOD Partners) BERGAMOT STATION — Dozens of railroad depots turned galleries that make up the largest art complex in Southern California could share space with a swanky hotel and... Read more →

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Brief: Apartments sell for $6M

A 20-unit apartment complex located just north of Wilshire Boulevard has sold for $6 million. The multi-family complex, which includes two, three-bedroom/two-bathroom units; 12, two-bedroom/one-bathroom units; and six, one-bedroom/one-bathroom units, is located at 1027-1033 20th St., said Kimberly Roberts Stepp, senior managing director... Read more →

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Brief: Broadway Deli space finally has an eatery

The old Broadway Deli space will finally be home to another restaurant. After being vacant for just over three years following the closure of the beloved deli, the restaurant side of the building will soon become a Steak ‘n Shake chain, a fast casual restaurant with locations mostly in the Midwest, South and Eastern states. The... Read more →

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Survey: Downtown a thriving place

COMING SOON: A recent survey found that Downtown's economy is booming. Housing, like this development at Arizona Avenue and Seventh Street, was cited as leading the way. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Downtown continues to thrive, according to a recent report from the public-private nonprofit charged with its upkeep and... Read more →

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Housing for mentally ill homeless breaks ground

COLORADO AVE — The Santa Monica-based nonprofit Step Up On Second, which provides support for homeless people suffering from mental illnesses, broke ground Friday on a new, $14 million housing project called Step Up on Colorado. When completed, this is what the housing project will look like. (Rendering courtesy Step Up on... Read more →

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Tommy’s burgers may get booted for Starbucks

Tommy's may be on its way out. Daniel Archuleta daniela@SMDP.com LINCOLN BLVD — Quick, pack your freezer full of chili burgers. Tommy’s Original World Famous Hamburgers on Lincoln Boulevard, which opened 20 years ago next month, may be on its way out. The landlord, Felfam, is interested in bringing in a Starbucks. Tommy’s is... Read more →

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GoCoin moves from incubator space to larger digs

Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.comPLACE OF BUSINESS: GoCoin, an international payment services company, signed a lease in this building located at 227 Broadway. (Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN — A Santa Monica-based technology company specializing in digital currency has outgrown the nursery. GoCoin, a payment processing site like Paypal... Read more →

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Brief: Activists plan referendum signing parties

Protesters gather outside of a recent City Council meeting. (Paul Alvarez Jr.) A group of community activists attempting to qualify a referendum for a special election to block a City Council-approved development is hosting a series of petition signing parties across the city on Saturday, Feb. 22. The Bergamot Transit Village... Read more →

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DoubleTree employees file labor complaints

STOKING THE CROWD: Local hotel workers and union organizers staged a protest outside of the DoubleTree Suites on Tuesday afternoon claiming that hotel management didn't provide them with adequate break times. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Housekeepers and servers employed by the DoubleTree Suites in Santa Monica said... Read more →

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Cabbies, passengers say cookies still a problem

CITYWIDE — Andrea Lines just wanted to ride in a cab. An employee of a local technology company, she was paying for a trip to the Los Angeles International Airport but it still bothered her that the town cars were, by her estimate, 25 percent more expensive than taxis. Visiting the city by the sea from Europe on business, Lines was... Read more →