The City of Santa Monica’s planned demolition of Parking Structure 3, located on 4th Street between Santa Monica Boulevard and Arizona, was set to begin on Monday, March 14, following the close of a legal battle that had been waged by local business owners against the City and the California Coastal Commission.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no work had begun on the demolition, but a worker on site said it was expected to commence soon. The 50-year-old structure was being torn down to build a mixed-use affordable housing complex with underground parking. Demolition was estimated to last about six to seven months; work was scheduled for weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with intermittent lane closures resulting in 4th Street periodically going down to one lane heading southbound. Pedestrian access was set to continue with scaffolding and an overhead cover.

emily@smdp.com