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Public Invited to Bergamot Station Workshop  

By Lookout Staff

February 15, 2011 – The Expo Light Rail is coming to Santa Monica within the next five years, and the city wants to make sure its plans are in place.

To that end, the planning department invites residents, businesses and other stakeholders to a workshop Thursday where they can exchange visions of the future Bergamot station and environs – the first stop in Santa Monica for the trains that will carry passengers from downtown Los Angeles to the beach.

Shaped by Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) guidelines, the city sees the area as becoming an inviting mix of residential, retail and office space and and an enhanced Bergamot Station Arts Center where artists can live, create and show their work.

Parks and pathways are integral to the city vision of a “complete neighborhood,” as the area becomes a place where people can get off the train and get to their destinations on foot or bike.

At the workshop, participants will share their thoughts about the Bergamot Art Center, how to create an “urban village atmosphere,” and how to position the walkways and bikeways that will connect the various areas surrounding the train station.

They'll also get a chance to sound off on – or contribute ideas about – the controversial Bergamot Transit Village.

The meeting will be held at Pier 59 Studios in Bergamot Station at 2415 Michigan Avenue.

It will start at 6:30p.m. on Thursday, February 17.

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