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Bergamot Arts Center

Bergamot 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 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 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.

On June 13, 2007, Council approved the preliminary plan for the revitalization of Bergamot. Press Release>

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

Bergamot Arts Center Frequently Asked Questions

About Bergamot and the City-Owned Site

This important City-owned property is located at 2525 Michigan Avenue and consists of 5 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, architects, 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 opened in May 2016, with a stop immediately adjacent to the Site, at the corner of Olympic and 26th Street.  It serves approximately 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 Arts Center Request for Proposals (RFP) criteria for the City-owned property and the development of the broader Bergamot Area Plan.

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

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