There's an article in today's Santa Monica Daily Press about Santa Monica eastsiders who are freaking out that there are six new developments being planned for their neighborhood. They're worried developers are trying to push plans through before the city updates its general plan, which the paper says will "put in place stricts limits on building height, density and parking allotment," later this year. A neighborhood group says that the six projects will add two million square feet to the area, but the two biggies are the Bergamot Transit Village planned for the old Papermate site, and Paseo Nebraska, which will partially land on the old SCI-Arc building.
Paseo Nebraska will include 545 housing units, with a few three bedrooms, and 175 each of studios, one, and two bedrooms. Most of the units will be workforce housing, with 109 moderate income, and 110 market rate. There will also be about 80,000 square feet of flexible floor area for commercial use and creative arts office space, a series of "pedestrian paseos," and a 1,000 space, two-level, underground garage. The plans also promise some sort of commemoration of SCI-Arc, so maybe you'll one day stroll down Paseo Moss or Kappe Way. This rendering comes from Killefer Flammang Architects, but since their description of the project says it will include "the preservation of the 1950’s small office building which served as the original site for the Southern California Institute of Architecture," it's probably not current.
· Eastside development plans cause alarm [SMDP]
· Santa Monica Won't Be Preserving SCI-Arc Building Nobody Wants [Curbed LA]