Santa Monica had a NIMBY-fueled change of heart and decided last night to repeal the controversial, Expo-adjacent Bergamot Transit Village project. After years of wrangling, the city finally gave the green light to the massive office space/residential/retail project in February, a move immediately protested by some of Santa Monica's notoriously anti-development residents, who filed a lawsuit against the city and collected more than 13,500 signatures to get the matter put on a ballot for a public vote (more than double what they needed). Last night's 4-to-1 decision against Bergamot means that developer Hines has three choices now: start all over again with a new plan, use the site as-is, or build something on the site that the land is already zoned for, says the Santa Monica Daily Press.
BTV has been in the works for more than five years, facing opposition from nearby neighborhoods, reworking its look and size multiple times, and all the time drawing the ire of Santa Monicans worried about the gridlock the huge complex would generate in the already packed city.
· Santa Monica City Council axes retail development planned for Bergamot Village [LAR]
· Hines repealed [SDMP]
· SaMo Approves Huge Expo-Adjacent Bergamot Transit Village [Curbed LA]
· Bergamot Transit Village Archives [Curbed LA]