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Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development

Key Redevelopment Projects

Completed Projects

Tongva Park & Ken Genser Square
Two new centrally located parks have transformed Santa Monica's Civic Center, providing an important gateway and a strong connection to iconic Palisades Park and the Santa Monica Pier. They are public spaces that play an important role in the community - culturally, socially and recreationally. The sites encompass roughly 7 acres in the heart of Santa Monica, from the footsteps of City Hall to Ocean Avenue and from the 10 Freeway to Olympic Drive. Visit the new Tongva Park site to learn more!


Affordable Housing
Under the former Redevelopment law, twenty percent of all redevelopment tax increment funds that came to the City were required to be spent on affordable housing. Santa Monica exceeded that requirement in order to make Santa Monica an accessible place to live for households with diverse levels of incomes. Over the last 25 years, the former Santa Monica Redevelopment Agency spent more than $195 million on affordable housing development. The City’s Housing Division, in the Housing and Economic Development Department, works to make these affordable housing developments come to fruition. More information is available at, or CLICK HERE for a more detailed summary.

Affordable Housing

Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Place was recently redesigned to turn the enclosed mall into an outdoor shopping venue. The new design establishes an open connection to the Third Street Promenade, better integrates shopping Downtown, and provides an attractive shopping destination that appeal to retailers and the community. The Division worked with Macerich Company on the remodel and coordinated construction of public improvements. 
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Downtown Project Area

Parking Structures 7 & 8
The City of Santa Monica owns Parking Structures 7 & 8. They were built in 1979 and needed renovations, which was recently completed. The improved parking structures have automatic parking controls that are integrated into the Downtown Parking System. Signature public art components adorn one wall of each structure, and pedestrian-oriented retail space was added along the ground level sidewalks. 
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PS 7

Bike Transit Center
To promote the use of non-auto transportation, and bicycling in particular, the City constructed a Bike Transit Center in its downtown core near the future terminus of the Exposition Light Rail Line. Located in parking structures 7 & 8 at 4th and Colorado and 2nd and Broadway, the Center provides secure bike parking and a variety of mobility services, including retail, bike repair, bike rental, attended bike parking, public information on alternative transportation, and additional related services. The Center is operated by an independent contractor.  The Bike Transit Center was completed and opened on November 18, 2011. 
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 Bike Transit Center

Seismic Retrofitting & Facade Improvements on Parking Structures
The City completed the seismic retrofitting of Downtown Parking Structures. In addition, the City completed façade improvements to the Downtown Parking Structures in FY 2009-2010. Improvements included: new real-time parking availability monument signs, artist-designed vehicle and pedestrian entry features, lighting enhancements, and planter repairs. Real-time parking availability is available online at For more information, 

Parkcing Facade Renovation

Palisades Bluff Stabilization
After the 1994 Northridge earthquake; various sections of the Palisades Bluffs were impacted by landslides, flows of debris, mud, and fractures. The damage was exacerbated by severe storms in 1995 and 1998. In April 2010, the City completed implementation of the Palisades Bluffs Improvement project, which the Redevelopment helped fund. Improvements included the installation of 82 new horizontal drains and a demonstration of slope stabilization and surface treatment measures to determine the aesthetic impacts prior to broader implementation and debris removal. 
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Palisades Bluff Stabilization

Under Construction

Exposition Light Rail Planning
The Expo Light Rail is
a 15-mile light rail line extending from Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica and will be the first extension of Metro rail to the west side.  When complete, it should take 46 minutes to travel from Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica. Preconstruction work for the Exposition Light Rail Transit (LRT) is underway. Construction is estimated to last through 2015.  The former Redevelopment Agency allocated funding for station enhancements to improve bicycle, pedestrian, and bus access to the new stations. The City has signed agreements with the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority to facilitate the design, preliminary engineering, preconstruction, design betterments and construction of the LRT Downtown, Memorial Park and Bergamot stations. Future work will include integrating the Expo LRT with its surrounding environment, and designing a downtown station plaza.  The City is working hard to ensure optimal interface between pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles. For more information, visit the Expo Line web site at 

Expo Light Rail
Civic Center Village
The Civic Center Village ("The Village") will be a mixed-use development that will include 324 new residences (160 affordable and 164 market rate), 20,000 square feet of commercial retail space, and public open space.  Ocean Drive will be extended from Main Street to Ocean Avenue as part of the project.  Related California started construction on the development on February 16, 2012 and is expected to complete the construction by March 2014. CLICK HERE for more information. More information can also be found by CLICKING HERE for The Village at Santa Monica website.
The Village

In Design and Pre-Construction

Pico Library
The City has plans to build an 8,300 square foot neighborhood library in the Pico neighborhood at Virginia Avenue Park, on the corner of Cloverfield and Pico Boulevards. The library will enhance existing park amenities, including the weekly Farmers Market, Community Center, Teen Center, and Park Center Building. Community workshops have been held to gather input on the new branch library. The architectural firm Koning Eisenberg is providing architectural design services for the new branch.  The City received bids from contractors on March 13, 2012 for construction of the new branch.  Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2012 for a late 2013 opening. For more information, visit the Santa Monica Public Library's web site at

Pico Library

Civic Auditorium – Renovation

Located at Pico Boulevard and Main Street, the historic Civic Auditorium is a local landmark and a popular venue for monthly shows and conventions. The Civic Auditorium will be renovated and expanded with overall upgrades and public-private partnership for use and programming to better serve the public in the future. On March 8, 2011, Council authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Nederlander Organization to act as partner with the City once the Civic Auditorium improvements are completed.  On May 26, 2011, Council approved $46.8 million in priority funding for the project.  The City has entered into an agreement with Morley Construction Company for the construction of Civic Auditorium improvements.

 Civic Auditorium Image

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