One company is out of compliance with its agreement with City Hall for the second year in a row.
Agensys, which works to develop new cancer therapies, has too many commuters driving to its 1800 Stewart St. campus, according to a recent report from City Hall.
Last year, Agensys was the only development whose agreement with City Hall was officially out of compliance and the same is true this year.
Two other developments, Providence Saint John’s Health Center and Colorado Center, are failing to hit targets as well, but their agreements aren’t as specific as Agensys’.
The Agensys project was finished two years ago with a requirement that there should be an average of 1.6 workers for every car coming to the development (Average Vehicle Ridership or AVR).
To improve vehicle ridership numbers, companies can provide incentives to employees who bike, carpool or take public transit.
In 2013, they were averaging 1.26 riders per vehicle, or 126 workers for every 100 vehicles coming to Agensys during the morning rush hour. In July, when they were checked again, that number improved slightly, jumping up to 1.35. Trends in the afternoon were similar both years.
“City staff is working with Agensys to recommend additional transportation demand measures for implementation that will result in attainment of the 1.6 AVR by Summer 2015,” city officials said in a report to council.
A year ago they said: “Consistent with Agreement terms, City staff is working with Agensys representatives to modify its current (traffic demand management) plan to include additional trip reduction measures to help achieve the AVR requirements set forth in the agreement.”
When the development was approved in 2010, Agensys dropped $90,000 on bike and transit improvements to the area but they were not required to build a bike path through the property as bike advocates initially pushed for.
Agensys did not respond to requests for comment.
The Colorado Center is failing to meet its target of 1.5 AVR, bringing 1.43 employees to the site per vehicle in the morning and 1.43 during the afternoon rush. This is an improvement over last year.
Providence Saint John’s Health Center has a similar target but is missing its mark as it has for the past several years.
For the Colorado Center and Providence, improved ridership is a goal, not a requirement. Those contracts demand developers implement measures to reduce traffic but they don’t demand results.
Providence (then Saint John’s) promised in a 1998 contract (which gave the hospital permission to rebuild after the 1994 Northridge earthquake) that it would build a parking garage with roughly 430 spaces. That never happened.
Last year, Santa Monica Planning Director David Martin signed off on a Saint John’s-financed parking study, which showed the medical facility has 1,375 parking spaces spread out over eight owned lots and four leased ones. Martin’s approval allowed the hospital to avoid constructing the garage.
Neighbors have long complained that the cost of parking at Saint John’s facilities is too high and forces patrons and employees to park in the surrounding neighborhood. Parking costs $13 after 90 minutes, according to Saint John’s website. A day pass costs $35.
The study found that monthly parking rates for employees varied depending on where they parked, but overall they were considerably lower than others found in the local market. At one structure, a full-time employee paid $82.33 a month. The cheapest was offered a little more than a block away at the Colorado Center – $21.67 a month.
As a result, city officials said, Providence’s parking situation is now in compliance.
City Council will review the develop compliance report on Tuesday.