The Plaza at Santa Monica Project
The Plaza at Santa Monica will demolish the existing bank branches and parking lots for the development of a 17,800 SF ground level Grand Public Plaza, a smaller plaza at 5th and Arizona, two ground level pocket parks, a 11,000 SF second level public park, a 12,000 SF cultural amenity, 48 affordable housing units, 42,200 SF of ground floor retail, an approximately 280 room hotel, and 106,800 SF feet of creative workspace. Additionally, the project would include a 1,700 SF Bike Center with 3,500 SF of below grade bicycle storage, and 5,900 SF of below grade service area and equipment rooms. An additional 39,100 SF of unenclosed elevated exterior decks will be available for the visiting public, hotel guests, and tenants of the building.
The Project building will step back from the ground floor public plazas starting at 19’ average height along the southern plaza edge, rising to 59’ in middle of the site, 89’ in height further south, and finally 129’ in height along the new east/west alleyway in the middle of the block. As part of the development, the northern half of 4th Court that runs between Arizona Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd. will be vacated and replaced with a new east/west alleyway running mid-block along the southern boundary of the development site connecting the remainder of 4th Court to 4th and 5th Streets.
Pursuant to CEQA, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Plaza at Santa Monica Project. Additionally, CEQA requires that an EIR describe and analyze a "reasonable range of alternatives" to the project. In accordance with City Council direction, the EIR will include analysis of an alternative that would develop a public park on the project site.
Notice of Preparation (NOP) - Monday Jan 16, 2017
CEQA Guidelines Section 15082 requires a minimum 30 day public comment period for a NOP. The comment period that was originally set to close on February 16, 2017 has been extended to March 2, 2017. Comments may be submitted, in writing, by 5:30 PM on Thursday Mar 02, 2017