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Mixed-User With Lots of Tiny Studios Headed to Second in SaMo

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Santa Monica will be getting another mixed-user with with 53 apartments if the city council signs off on a proposed development agreement next week. The project, on Second near Arizona, would include 19 one-bedrooms and six two-bedroom units, but more than half of the apartments (28) are studios, the smallest coming in at a rather tiny 424 square feet (they'll average 478 square feet). The ground floor would have two commercial spaces and four studios at the rear of the building. Most units have balconies, and there's also a little roof deck and interior courtyard planned. No parking is required, but the developer is planning to provide 66 subterranean spaces, in addition to secure bike lockers and racks, and short-term bike spaces out front. Because the four-story building would be 13 feet taller than the site is zoned for, the project needs a council-approved development agreement; in return, the developer would make a number of concessions to benefit the community.

Those include solar rooftop solar panels, contributions to several infrastructure projects, including 8 affordable units on-site (though staffers are pushing for 10), and several measures to reduce car trips, like promoting ridesharing, leasing parking spaces separately from the units (unbundled parking), and requiring commercial tenants to subsidize transit passes for nondriving employees. The planning commission had a number of recommendations but is generally on board with the project.
· Report from the planning director [Santa Monica]