Some fresh outrage in Santa Monica: Dallas-based developer Trammell Crow wants to tear down a 47-unit apartment building at the corner of San Vicente and Ocean Avenue (seen with arrow), and put in a 24 or 26-unit condominium. Zut alors! It's a move which has locals rallying to make this stretch of San Vicente--from Ocean to 7th--an historic corridor.
"We worry that if this is built, we'll see a domino effect, like what happened in the Wilshire Corridor," one of the organizers against the project told Curbed yesterday, pointing to the big tower to the left of the proposed site (in the gallery) as an example of so-called unchecked development. She also pointed out the building is historically significant because it was the first permanent residence of Clo Hoover, Santa Monica's first female mayor.
When we were standing there, someone drove by and shouted at the protesters:" "Tear the building down!" So, fair to say there are strong feelings on both sides.
And tonight the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission will vote on whether to do a study that would look at the feasibility of making this an historical corridor. The building has already been "Ellis'd"; in a February 2008 article, the Santa Monica Daily Press reported that those who'd seen the renderings called the design for the new building "modernist."
· Redevelopment raises concerns [SMDP]