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SaMo's Bergamot Art Station Getting Big Multi-Use Makeover

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Santa Monica officials are liking the sound of a huge makeover proposal for the Bergamot Art Station (sometimes called the Art Center) that would bring a six-story hotel, 40,000 square feet of creative office space, 75,000 square feet of new art space, a new four-story home for the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and a 442-space underground garage to the formerly-industrial-now-artsy area, reports the Santa Monica Daily Press. The development, separate from the recently-approved Hines megaproject, is courtesy of 26Street TOD Partners, one of three developers that pitched proposals to remake the soon-to-be Expo Line-adjacent Art Center.

The council stopped short of approving the project, wanting the Arts Commission and gallery owners to weigh in first. The other proposals seem like they may have been a bit more ambitious, with one offering a slightly taller hotel and another preserving more of the Art Station's current buildings. The council will likely cement the deal with 26Street later this year and construction would start in 2016, the year the Expo Line station opens, and wrap in 2018.
· Hotel, office could join Bergamot artists [SMDP]