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Bergamot Station Arts Center

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Bergamot Station Arts Center Revitalization

The City of Santa Monica has appointed the Worthe Real Estate Group (Worthe Team) to revitalize the City-owned portion of Bergamot Station Arts Center. The Worthe Team was selected by the City Council on September 9, 2014 through a competitive Request for Proposals process. On February 10, 2015, Council authorized the creation of a Bergamot Station Advisory Committee, an 11-member group who met for one year (April 2015-April 2016) with the Worthe Team and City staff to refine the conceptual plan for the site and to make recommendations regarding the revitalization strategy. For more information on the Bergamot Advisory Committee's recommendations and community meetings, click here.

Next steps: Exclusive Negotiation Agreement, Bergamot Station Arts Center Conceptual Plan for Council review, and a development agreement application. Please revisit the site for project updates and info on opportunities for public review and comment.

About Bergamot and the City-Owned Site

This important City-owned property is located at 2525 Michigan Avenue and consists of 5.6 acres, including five buildings totaling approximately 62,000 square feet. There is an additional, approximately two‑acre portion of the Arts Center that is privately owned.  The City-owned portion of the Arts Center is currently occupied by approximately 27 small, creative business tenants, including art galleries, designers, a non-profit theater company, and a café. 

In 1989, the City purchased the City‑owned property with transit funds with the goal of serving future transit needs in Santa Monica and providing a source of revenue for the Big Blue Bus. The Exposition (“Expo”) light rail line is schedule to open in early 2016, with a stop immediately adjacent to the Site, at the corner of Olympic and 26th Street.  It is projected to serve over 3,000 riders per day and will bring significant new activity to the Arts Center and the area.  These changes, coupled with the desire to protect and enhance the area’s arts and creative uses, informed the development of the Bergamot Station Arts Center Request for Proposals (RFP) criteria for the City-owned property and the development of the broader Bergamot Area Plan.

To view the Bergamot Station Arts Center RFP, click here. Please note: the response to this RFP is limited to the development teams listed above.

To view the Bergamot Station Arts Center RFQ, click here. Please note: the response period for this RFQ is now closed.

Bergamot Station Arts Center Proposals received:

For additional information on the RFP Due Diligence questions and response, please see below.

For questions related to this RFP, please contact the City of Santa Monica Economic Development Division at econdev@smgov.net, or (310) 458-8906.

Useful Links

Bergamot Station Arts Center website

Policy/Governing Documents

Council/Staff Report

Bergamot RFP Due Diligence Information (Clarification Q & A's)



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