Santa Monica is moving ahead with plans to remove the 200-plus parking spaces on its famous pier--the idea of removing the parking lot has come up in the past, but a recent vote by the SaMo City Council is putting the plan into action, allotting $300,000 to pay a yet-to-be-determined consultant to develop initial designs for a three-story parking lot on an adjacent lot and a new bridge connecting the pier to Ocean Avenue, reports the Santa Monica Mirror. A staff report (also available as a convenient PowerPoint presentation) proposes a three-story structure "designed to preserve viewsheds and to simultaneously organize and aestheticize the beach maintenance area," according to the Mirror. The staff study argues that a parking structure with 280 parking spaces would adequately replace the parking on the pier. The new structure could be located "north of the Pier and adjacent to Lot 1N, which is the same parking lot that abuts Pacific Coast Highway and served as the home to Cirque du Soleil." Initial design recommendations for the improvements, along with a financing strategy, are expected by fall of this year.
· Santa Monica Pier Parking Changes Ahead [Santa Monica Mirror]
· Scary Santa Monica Pier Bridge Could Get Makeover [Curbed LA]