Amid unending NIMBY rancor, Santa Monica's Architectural Review Board has expressed satisfaction with the latest version of the big mixed-user on Colorado Boulevard set to replace the Village Trailer Park (10 trailers will remain at the site). The latest plans call for 374 apartments with 24,940 square feet of retail in three buildings, some up to five stories and the ARB says it's good but not perfect—they still want a few more changes but lauded developer Mark Luzzatto for breaking up the project's mass, the Santa Monica Daily Press reports. However, some ARB members still think it's too dense, but say a few tweaks should address their concerns.
The ARB's sign-off will be the last step before a development agreement can be signed. Still, there was a chorus of voices against the Expo Line-adjacent project at the meeting, with opponents using words like "radical" and "obnoxious," and comparing it to the Great Wall of China. The project has already been approved and then unapproved before coming back for this most recent round.
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