RDA funding could be lost under Gov. Brown’s budget proposal

CITY HALL — Over the next five years, City Hall planned to build over 300 affordable apartments, help fund improvements at Santa Monica High School, develop a 6-acre park in the Civic Center and build a new library in the Pico Neighborhood — all with the help of more than $280 million in redevelopment funding. But with the... Read more →

Residents want City Hall to put brakes on Hines development

CITY HALL — Low-growth advocates are urging elected officials to hit the breaks on the largest pending development proposal in Santa Monica — the 957,000 square-foot Hines project on Olympic Boulevard at 26th Street — but preliminary work on the mixed-use office and residential complex is moving ahead. Groups including the... Read more →

Hines project draws residents’ ire

VIRGINIA AVENUE PARK — Santa Monica residents got an opportunity to comment on the largest development project currently proposed within the city limits on Wednesday, and most who attended the meeting held at Virginia Avenue Park used it as a chance to vent. While the meeting was technically called to help guide analysts’ who will... Read more →

‘End of an era’ as Broadway Deli closes doors

DOWNTOWN — After 20 years on the Third Street Promenade, the Broadway Deli on Monday served customers for the last time, one day before the restaurant’s deadline to clear out so its landlord can prepare the space for higher-paying tenants. On Monday, bottles of wine were marked down 30 percent, part of a liquidation sale, but... Read more →

New iPhone app aims to revolutionize film industry

LOEWS HOTEL — With more than 250,000 iPhone Apps available, it seems like these days, there’s an app for just about everything. Jim Robertson and Richard Kwiat, creators of the app Doddle, hope to do more than just contribute to that statistic. “We like to say is by the industry for the industry,” said Harvey Osborn,... Read more →

Several developers still out of compliance

CITY HALL — Five commercial property owners have yet to satisfy the requirements of development agreements they entered into with Santa Monica’s City Hall, though Planning Department officials this week said they were working with all parties to achieve compliance. The report from Planning Director Eileen Fogarty came after... Read more →

Agensys deal gets council’s OK

CITY HALL — The City Council, with a 5-1 vote, has given its blessing to a development agreement with bio-tech company Agensys that will allow the Santa Monica-based drug maker to build its new headquarters on a City Hall-owned lot near Bergamot Station. As part of the deal, the company plans to provide a “public benefits”... Read more →

Broad bails but museum plan not forgotten

CITY HALL — Calling all billionaires, Santa Monica wants to hear from you. Now that it’s official there will be no Eli Broad-financed art museum in Santa Monica’s Civic Center, officials are turning to the question of what to do with the scorned site instead. Although the land, located just north of the Civic Center... Read more →

Preservationists fight condo project

OCEAN AVE — Concerned the Spanish-Colonial revival design of a proposed condominium project here would detract from the neighborhood’s historic character, preservationists said they are prepared to fight a Dallas-based developer’s plan, which won approval from the Planning Commission last week. The condominium complex,... Read more →

City Hall grants extension to Village developer

CIVIC CENTER — City Hall will receive more of the profits generated by the sale of condos built as part of the Village project here after elected officials earlier this week agreed to give the developer another two years to secure financing and begin construction. The modified development agreement with mega-developer Related... Read more →