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Santa Monica Miramar Hotel to Show Residents Latest Redevelopment Design

Santa Monica Real Estate Company, Roque and Mark
By Lookout Staff

February 19, 2013 -- The Santa Monica Miramar Hotel will hold an open house Thursday for residents who are curious about the most recent version of the 86-year-old hotel's proposed redevelopment project.

From 3 to 9 p.m. in the hotel's Ocean Meeting Rooms, residents will get a chance to look at plans for a comprehensive redevelopment of the hotel's campus, a project that has drawn controversy after it was first introduced last year.

The most recent version of the project proposed replacing two buildings on the site with three new buildings, adding as many as 120 condos.

“The City is about to begin a comprehensive environmental impact report (EIR) for our proposed project,” representatives of the hotel wrote in an email Monday, adding that the plans had evolved “significantly” as a result of the City Council's directions.

“We have reached out to over a thousand Santa Monica residents, businesses and stakeholders for input and comments on the future of the hotel,” representatives said.

“Our preliminary plans were also the subject of extensive public hearings before the Planning Commission and the City Council last year. The input received was enormously helpful, and provided invaluable guidance.”

Opponents of the Miramar project maintain that it is much too large and would have negative impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.

“The proposed Miramar Hotel 'renovation' on Ocean and Wilshire, is more accurately described as a demolition/redevelopment project to construct a massive hotel, condo towers, and stores on the site,” Diana Gordon with Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) wrote in an email to the group's members Monday.

“The project is strongly opposed by its surrounding neighbors, and by Santa Monica residents concerned about the significant adverse impacts this development would bring to our downtown,” she wrote, urging residents to attend the open house.

The Miramar's neighbor, the Huntley Hotel, has also been a vocal opponent of the redevelopment project, backing the anti-growth political action committee (PAC) Santa Monicans' for Responsible Growth (SMRG) as well as council candidates Richard McKinnon and Ted Winterer, both known for their slow-growth stances. Winterer was the top vote-getter in the November race for four council seats, while McKinnon finished sixth.

During the election, the Miramar joined a PAC of developers that raised half a million dollars to support four council candidates, including Winterer and the incumbents Gleam Davis and Terry O'Day. The PAC also supported education activist Shari Davis, who finished fifth behind Tony Vazquez.

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