The Santa Monica City Council this week gave preliminary approval to a conceptual plan (pdf) to gussy up Bergamot Art Station--the 5.6 acre parcel that in 2016 will become the third to last stop on the Expo Line. According to Santa Monica Patch, the plan approved by the council on Tuesday would allow for an 88 room boutique hotel, a two- or three-story "signature" building (probably a museum and possibly the Santa Monica Museum of Art), a 400-space shared parking garage, renovations to existing buildings, and upgrades to the open space. Popular art and exhibit venue Track 16, however, will be demolished. Now that the project has conceptual approval, a request for qualifications for developers will be sent out before the spring is over, and demolition of Track 16 is expected to begin in summer or fall of this year. The final development is expected to total 167,000 square feet for existing and new buildings and reach a cost of $54 million.
The Bergamot Art Station is not to be confused with the Bergamot Transit Village development that is ruffling so many feathers in West LA lately. The two projects are, however, components of the Bergamot Area Plan, which also includes an even larger Mixed-Use Creative component just east of the Bergamot Transit Village. Unlike its sister transit village across the street, the Bergamot Art Station plan (pdf) seems to have strong support from the community--officials from the Santa Monica Museum of Art and Santa Monica City College are quoted with words of support and/or encouragement in the SaMo Patch.
· Plan for Bergamot's Future Zooms Forward [Santa Monica Patch]
· Bergamot Transit VillageBergamot Transit Village NIMBYs Now Include LA City Council [Curbed LA]