Santa Monica Development in the works – Bergamot Transit Village Center

by WestsideDB on March 21, 2011 · 0 comments

in Community Issues,Local Events,Neighborhood Information,Real Estate,SamoLive Announcements

I just got an email alert about a proposed mega-center multi use project in Santa Monica that will have ramifications on a lot of things happening in Santa Monica.  Santa Monica real estate aficionados may want to make note of the date and the proposal.  Check it out if you can.

Paper Mate Development Santa Monica Development in the works   Bergamot Transit Village Center

Dear david bruce,

Bergamot Transit Village Center

Tomorrow night, Tuesday March 22, 2011, the Santa Monica City Council will consider the development agreement for a mixed use project at 1681 26th Street: Agenda Item 8-B: Proposed development agreement for a mixed used project at 1681 26th Street by the Texas-based Hines Corporation (former Paper Mate site).

The Bergamot Transit Village Center is a proposed mixed-use project (retail, residential, and creative office space) that would add 960,000 square feet, with building heights up to 81 feet (7 stories). To put that in perspective, the Water Garden across the street totals 1.2 million square feet with building heights up to 84 feet.

This project, along with other projects planned in Santa Monica east of 26th Street, and between Colorado Ave, and the I10 Freeway, will add over 2.25 million square feet of development and an estimated 30,000 additional car trips per day to an area already gridlocked during peak commuting hours. Surrounding neighborhoods will also be negatively impacted with additional car trips on already busy streets.

What can you do to ensure that the Bergamot Area Plan does not make traffic worse than it already is?

Become informed!

Read the overview of the Bergamot Area Plan:

http://www01.smgov.net/planning/bergamotplan.html

Read the four page Executive Summary of the Planning Department report on the proposed Paper Mate development, Phase 1 of the Bergamot Area Plan:

http://www01.smgov.net/cityclerk/council/agendas/2011/20110322/s2011032208-B.pdf

The Executive Summary of the above report concludes with:

“Overall, the project still does not meet community expectations as envisioned in the LUCE and expressed at community meetings for the project and Bergamot Transit Village Area Plan. At this time, staff seeks direction from the City Council to guide negotiation points and necessary revisions to the proposed project.”

What can you do to influence the Council’s decisions on this matter?

Attend the Council Meeting, which starts at 6:30 PM, and voice your concerns for this massive, poorly designed project during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Send an email to the Council if you cannot attend: council@smgov.net

Several Council members have accepted large campaign contributions from the developer. Can we count on these Council members to vote against their developer benefactor and listen to residents’ concerns?

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