101 Santa Monica Blvd Development Agreement - Ocean Avenue Project

Filed: 2/28/2013

Updated June 13, 2018: 

On June 12, 2018 Council held a preliminary discussion and gave direction to staff to start formal review and Development Agreement negotiations for the Ocean Avenue Hotel Project. The Council recommended that community benefit negotiations focus on inclusion of more deed-restricted affordable units, achieving a high level of energy efficiency and resource conservation for the project, requiring a robust Transportation Demand Management Plan to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips to the site, and incorporating local hiring provisions for the project. With Council’s direction to proceed with project review and negotiations, staff will begin the CEQA environmental review process.  


Updated January 3, 2018: 

New mixed-use hotel, cultural, retail, and residential development designed by Frank Gehry (“Ocean Avenue Project”) at 101 Santa Monica Boulevard. The project site is approximately two acres in size and located at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. 


A Development Agreement application was originally submitted by M. David Paul Associates in February 2013. City review of the earlier-proposed design was put on hold pending completion of the Downtown Community Plan, which was adopted the City Council in August 2017.  Now that the Downtown Community Plan has been enacted, this revised proposal has been submitted in compliance with the standards for seeking discretionary approval for a project on this site, one of the three Established Large Sites identified in the DCP.


The proposed revised project consists of the following components: a new 115 room hotel; 40,000 SF museum; 79 for-rent residential apartments comprised of 19 replacement rent-controlled units, 18 affordable units, and 42 market-rate units; 24,700 SF retail/restaurant; 5,000 SF public observation deck on top of the hotel building; approximately 25% open space at the ground level; and subterranean parking. The project also includes retention and rehabilitation of two City-designated Landmark buildings.  The proposed maximum height is 12-stories and 130 feet and the Floor Area Ratio of developed space to size of the site is approximately 2.6.






OAP 2018 1 OAP 2018 2


Project Details

Building Specifications

12 stories (130')

317,500 sq. ft. total

Residential Units

79 total units (42 at market rate)

  • - 1 Bedroom
  • - 2 Bedroom
  • - 3 Bedroom

18 affordable housing units

Community Meetings

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 7:00 PM

Santa Monica Main Library - Multi-Purpose Room - 601 Santa Monica Blvd


Thu Mar 21, 2013, 7:00 PM

Santa Monica Main Library, Multi-Purpose Room - 601 Santa Monica Blvd


Public Hearings

Tue Jun 12, 2018

City Council - Float-Up

Wed May 02, 2018

Planning Commission - Float-Up

Mon Mar 12, 2018

Landmarks Commission - Float-Up

Tue Feb 20, 2018

Architectural Review Board - Float-Up

Mon Aug 05, 2013

Architectural Review Board - Float-Up

Status Updates

Wed Dec 20, 2017

Updated Project Design Submitted to City

Thu Feb 28, 2013

Development Agreement Application Submitted to City

City Contact

Roxanne Tanemori AICP, Principal Planner

(310) 458-8341

Applicant (Project Contact)

M. David Paul & Associates / Worthe Real Estate Group

100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1600 Santa Monica, CA 90401

Case Number(s)

  • 13DEV-004

Site Address

101 Santa Monica Blvd



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