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   Bergamot Advisory Committee

Introduction to Bergamot Advisory Committee Final Report

By Mary Marlow and William Turner, Bergamot Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

The 11-member Bergamot Advisory Committee, selected from a diverse stakeholder community, has met monthly over the past year (April 2015 to April 2016) with the Worthe Group, the developer selected by the City, to discuss Bergamot's redevelopment.  The project proposed by Worthe is on public land: It requires extraordinary scrutiny and transparency to assure that the City's and the community's expressed expectations are met.  Here is our final report that details our work, important information, including developer and City financial information from the project, and our recommendations for how best to preserve Bergamot and enhance its arts reputation in the decades to come. To read the final report, click here.

Bergamot Advisory Committee Information





April 15, 2015 Agenda    Minutes       Audio       Packet   
April 27, 2015 Agenda    Minutes       Audio       N/A   
May 26, 2015 Agenda    Minutes       Audio       Packet   
June 22, 2015 Agenda Minutes Audio Packet
July 27, 2015 Agenda Minutes Audio Packet
August 24, 2015 Agenda Minutes Audio Packet
September 25, 2015    Agenda Minutes Audio Packet
October 26, 2015 Agenda Minutes Audio Packet
November 16, 2015 Agenda Minutes Audio 1/Audio 2 Packet
December 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes Audio 1/Audio 2 Packet
January 13, 2016     Agenda Minutes Audio Packet 1/Packet 2/Packet 3
February 22, 2016 Agenda Minutes Audio
March 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes Audio Packet
April 18, 2016 Agenda COMING SOON Audio Packet

Our Role

The Advisory Committee’s role was to work with the Worthe Real Estate Group to refine the conceptual plan for the Site, including the evaluation and identification of an appropriate mix of uses for the Site, and to review, comment upon, and make recommendations regarding the important, yet currently undefined, key deliverables for the Site, including:  

  • Parking management strategy (short-term and longer-term); 
  • Construction phasing of improvements; 
  • Final urban design and site management strategy that complements the community and arts uses, and connections to the Expo station; 
  • Infrastructure and overall Site improvements; and 
  • The Arts Center management plan, including tenant retention and recruitment efforts, marketing, and strategies to incorporate additional cultural uses and activities.


For more information regarding the Bergamot Arts Center, please follow the link.

On February 10, 2015, Council approved the formation of a Bergamot Arts Center Advisory Committee to help guide the revitalization of the City-owned Bergamot Arts Center. The Advisory Committee was comprised of the following eleven members:

  • Bergamot Arts Center Gallery and Cultural Association Appointees (4 tenants): 
    • Charles Duncombe, Jeffrey Gordon, Lois Lambert, William Turner
  • Santa Monica Neighborhood Council Appointees (4 residents): 
    • Laurence Eubank, Diana Gordon, Maria Loya, Mary Marlow
  • Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau Appointee: 
    • Richard Peterson
  • Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Appointee: 
    • Carl Hansen
  • Santa Monica Arts Commission Appointee: 
    • Michael Myers

Staff Liaison

Jennifer Taylor, Economic Development Administrator

Jason Harris, Economic Development Manager

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