The planned redevelopment of the historic Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica has morphed--earlier plans called for the renovation and expansion of the hotel, with the Miramar's current 10- and 12-story towers replaced by new 11- and 12-story towers; now the owners want a four-story building, a six-story building, and a 21-story tower with new hotel rooms, condos, and groundfloor retail (both versions will renovate the Miramar's historic Palisades building), reports Santa Monica Patch. MSD Capital LP, the owners, say the Art Deco structure will "barely be visible" from many points in the city and will not restrict too many ocean views. They also argue that the tower doesn't make the project more dense, but simply redistributes the mass. If approved, the 261-foot tower would be Santa Monica's second-tallest. SaMo's vociferous neighborhood groups are massing in resistance, and they'll be joined by Councilmember Kevin McKeown, who previously voted against starting negotiations for the project's development agreement (he was outvoted 1-6).
· Miramar Plans 2nd Tallest Tower in Santa Monica [Santa Monica Patch]
· SaMo's Fairmont Miramar Hotel Only Partially Landmarked [Curbed LA]