Unpopular plans to replace the Grammy building on Pico with a low-slung residential and retail development have been scrapped. The size of the proposed project and the idea of putting housing so close to the 10 Freeway had drawn criticism from just about everyone, and developer Trammell Crow has backed off the idea. Back in December, the Santa Monica City Council told the developer to consider a 100 percent commercial development instead of the 260 residential units and groundfloor commercial space they'd planned, and now that's just what they've done; TC intends to rehab the building instead of knocking it down, add parking, and use it once again as office space. Trammell Crow brought the new plan to the planning commission last week and got unanimous approval despite the commissioners' "oft-stated aversion to granting new parking," as the Santa Monica Daily Press put it. The developer said that adding 57 spaces to a surface parking lot was crucial to the plan because parking is currently provided through an LA Department of Transportation lease that can be cancelled with 30 days' notice. "No business has been willing to accept that as a business risk," said a Trammell Crow rep.
· Developer reverses stance on own project [SMDP]
· SaMo Not Thrilled With Mixed-Use Plans for Old Grammy HQ [Curbed LA]