Marina Del Rey's kitschy Fisherman's Village has been awaiting a complete redevelopment for years, and we're now seeing what the future might hold for it (if the county doesn't demolish it first). Renderings from Studio One Eleven (a division of P+R Architects) paint a clear picture of how the Village's leaseholders/developers Gold Coast Village LLC want to turn the waterfront attraction into a more upscale draw. The post-redevelopment Village would blend right in in Playa Vista.
A release from Studio One Eleven says that the main focus of these new conceptual images for Fisherman's Village is to create "active open space" for visitors, like the 30-foot-wide "promenade" that will run between shops and the ocean, connecting to plazas and playground along the way. Aside from the completely different, high-end-mall look that all the buildings would have, other big changes at the Village would come in its approach to transportation. All surface parking will be in a centrally located parking structure, instead of spread out as it is now. There would also be a bicycle station and new bus stops aimed at encouraging "non-car" trips to the Village. The new water recreation center, which will serve as a jumping-off point for kayaking and paddle-boarding jaunts, would provide a desired link to the ocean. "Fisherman's Village currently has no direction connection to the water, which is something we really focused on incorporating in our proposal," a consultant for Gold Coast Village says.
It's not clear now if this vision for Fisherman's Village will ever get built. LA County has its own plans for the Village as part of its plan to make some big-time changes to the marina, which would currently entail totally demolishing the quaint but fading fake fishing town.