101 Santa Monica Blvd Development Agreement - Ocean Avenue Project

Filed: 2/28/2013

Updated May 18, 2020:

The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Ocean Avenue Project located at 101 Santa Monica Boulevard  is now available for a 90-day public review period. This exceeds the 45 days required by the CEQA Guidelines in order to provide additional time for community members and interested parties to review the document and provide comments. 


Comments are due by 5:30 PM on August 17, 2020.  More information about the Ocean Avenue Project and Draft EIR is available on the City’s website:



Please note that updated project plans from January 2020 are also provided below under “Resources”. This plan set reflects changes based on pending City review; additional study of the historic Landmarks and proposed museum campus; and other revisions made during the environmental review process.



Updated December 10, 2018: 

A public scoping meeting will be held to describe the proposed project, the environmental review process, and to receive public comments on the scope and content of the environmental impact report (EIR) that will be prepared for the Ocean Avenue Project. The meeting will be held at the following date, time and location:


Thursday, January 10, 2019

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Civic Center Auditorium East Wing

1855 Main Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401


The City will consider all comments, written and oral, in determining the final scope of the evaluation to be included in the EIR.  As specified by the State CEQA Guidelines, a Notice of Preparation (NOP) will be circulated for a minimum 30-day review period.


Please go to the City’s webpage for the NOP and associated project information:

http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/Environmental-Reports/The Ocean Avenue Project/


The City of Santa Monica welcomes agency and public input during this period regarding the scope and content of environmental information that must be included in the Draft EIR. Comments may be submitted, in writing, by 5:30 p.m. on January 30, 2019 and addressed to:

Rachel Kwok, Environmental Planner

City of Santa Monica - City Planning Division

1685 Main Street, Room 212

Santa Monica, California 90407

E-mail: rachel.kwok@smgov.net



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.






January 2020 OAP Rendering 3 January 2020 OAP Rendering 1 January 2020 OAP Rendering 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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