The Lookout News is reporting that the Santa Monica City Council revoked a landmark designation for a 47-unit apartment building at the corner of San Vicente and Ocean Avenue (seen above), a move which paves the way for Dallas-based developer Trammell Crow to tear down the structure and put up a 26-unit condominium project. Because the building was at one time the permanent residence of Clo Hoover, Santa Monica's first female mayor, supporters argued that "she was a major historical figure and that her home helped shape some of her key policy decisions," according to the paper. According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, Trammell Crowe purchased the building in 2007, and filed to evict tenants through the Ellis Act last year. "The last of the tenants moved out in March," according to the paper. The battle over this site has been going on for some time: Last summer, some locals who fear this stretch of San Vicente will be the next Wilshire Corridor, were pushing to make this area a historical corridor. But it sounds like given the continued opposition to the development, it's not a completely done deal for Trammell Crow.
· Council Overturns Landmark Designation for Former Mayor’s Building [Lookout News]
· Landmarking revoked for former mayor's home [SMDP]