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Massive Apartment Construction Project Underway in Marina del Rey

Development is one of biggest residential building projects currently underway in the U.S.

One of the original 1960’s Marina del Rey developers has begun above ground construction on a 12-building apartment complex.

Los Angeles County has been working on the plan with the developer and owner Jerry Epstein of Del Rey Shores, LLC since 2001. The 544-unit project, called Shores, is located on an 8-acre site at 4201 Via Marina, and will consist of one and two bedroom units. 

“We found a way to incorporate modern, nautical and California themes into a design that still focused on functionality and efficiency,” said Dale Yonkin of Nadel Architects, the design firm, in a statement. “While still keeping a high quantity of units at variable sizes to ensure that rents would remain in reach for a larger percentage of residents.”

The $120 million complex is one of the largest in progress in the U.S., according to Nadel Architects.

Apartment sizes will range between 650-square-feet and 1,245-square-feet, and a two acre park will be nestled in the middle of the 12 interconnected five story buildings. 

“In dealing with high-density projects such as Shores, we know it is important to include design elements that will not only accommodate the large number of residents, such as private subterranean parking, but also to provide opportunities for chance social interactions,” Yonkin said in a statement.

The Shores’ expected completion date is in the spring of 2013.

Correction: The article previously stated that construction began on Wednesday. Initial construction began in 2011, and in the last month, workers have been building the above-ground structure.

David Barish June 14, 2012 at 01:56 PM
David, your facts are wrong. this project began construction in 2011 not yesterday. Is this supposed to be some nice plug for the developer because the project was so controversial?
David Barish June 14, 2012 at 01:59 PM
The architect forgot to mention the Shores park pool and spa will be open to the public. It will be very nice there on weekends!
David Carini (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM
David, It's certainly not a plug, I received a letter from the architect yesterday stating that the project had begun. I called them yesterday, but will follow up with them again today to clarify
Fed Up June 14, 2012 at 03:17 PM
David Carini is somewhat new to the area and is still getting a feel for what is happening. I don't think Patch reporters generally report on corruption. I did find one guy on Patch in San Ramon that did: http://sanramon.patch.com/articles/san-ramon-man-pleads-guilty-to-rigging-bids-at-public-foreclosure-auctions
ImaSellout June 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM
While Mr. Carini's article certainly surprised me, given the amount of dirt, noise and congestion the project has caused in the area, I would argue he's not acting as a "shill" for the developer. It seems he's guilty of nothing more than lack of fact checking prior to publishing....a lesson learned the hard way for many journalists. While I commend him for an overall increase in the quality of Marina Del Rey coverage, I also wonder why the erroneous story remains on the site. David, please go to the intersection of Via Marina and Panay Way, see the extent of the construction, remove the story, and then move on with expanding the scope your MDR coverage. Best of luck.
J.W. Nelson June 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Hi, David! When you follow up, it would be interesting to know (at least for this reader), how many units existed on the site prior to demolition and what the anticipated rents will be. Based on the units I recall were on this site and the apparent scope of this new project, it appears to be a massive expansion. Also, it might be interesting to know whether the developer is also required to invest in road infrastructure, since this is already an extremely congested area of MdR. Thanks!
David Carini (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 04:53 PM
My apologies for the mistake. I called the architect to clarify the press release. Although construction did in fact begin in 2011, above-ground construction started last month. J.W. - Rents will start at $2,000 for a 1-bedroom and $2,500 for a 2-bedroom, and I am not sure yet if the developer will have to invest in public infrastructure.
G.E.T.B June 14, 2012 at 05:47 PM
These developers don't care about the traffic congestion that this wil bring. Driving down Via Marina use to be so serene. Now it's nothing but a headache. This unit will bring in at least 544 cars & at times even double. How many families/ couples do u know that have only car. This "wonderful" project will bring nothing but chaos to everyone that lives around here.
G.E.T.B June 14, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Check out this article I read last year about a crooked judge being bribed by no other than our own county. If this link doesn't take you to directly to the article just google it; Crooked Judge send lawyer in marina del Rey to jail. http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/03/richard_fine_judge_yaffey_del.php
Fed Up June 14, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Epstein got caught falsifying documents! While traffic is an issue, it is but a small part of a much more significant problem. Wake up!!!
JC June 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
"The Shores’ expected completion date is in the spring of 2013." Seriously?? They were scheduled to finish Autumn 2012 :( :( I live in front of that construction site and I'm increasingly annoyed by it. Workers waking us up at 6AM in the morning, sometimes working late (9-10PM!!) and at the weekend are a REAL PAIN. Is it even legal?? Do you know of any council organisation one can submit a complain at? This is becoming ridiculous and competent authorities will be informed very soon if this goes on like that.
JC June 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
(I realize that "competent authorities" sounds like a pipe dream but at least I wouldn't hesitate calling the police regarding noise at stupid hours of the day/weekend)
Fed Up June 14, 2012 at 06:34 PM
JC, Police? "Competent Authorities"? Really?!!! Welcome to Marina del Rey - the Number 1 revenue generator for Los Angeles County Government. Check out WeAreMdR.com before you make those inquiries.
JC June 14, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Thanks for the link, I am now subscribed :)
David Barish June 14, 2012 at 08:37 PM
David, maybe you can ask the architect to review his records because above ground construction did not just start a month ago either. They are working on the 3rd level already, not counting the parking garage.
David Barish June 14, 2012 at 08:49 PM
There are many controversial issues surrounding this project including 1) the jailing of an attorney who represented a homeowner group opposed to this project. The Shore's owners and attorneys in court records pushed for the 72yr old attorney to remain in coercive confinement, which ended up being over a year 2) The loan to build this project was only possible because the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that promotes low income housing guaranteed their $125 million loan with taxpayer dollars. In fact HUD sent us a letter containing the Shore owner's lawsuit threat to our non-profit group if we disclosed the details of loan documents that HUD "accidentally" sent us through a federal public records act request. 3) It was recently discovered by a community member that the Shores owners received credits (against money they would have owed into a coastal improvement fund setup to build park space in the Marina) for their resident pool and hot tub and the resident courtyards inside the complex. When queried about this, LA County stated that the pool and spa would be open to the public because they took these credits. This proviso was never mentioned in the project hearings. there is more...
Fed Up June 14, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Wow, and it gets even worse?! Community improvement credits for a resident pool and landscaping?!!! ......and the County's response rather than correcting the issue was its now considered a "public pool". Just like they did with the Ritz Carlton pool - but how many people know that is a "public pool" open to everyone? Just more outrageous practices uncovered while most people remain silent.
peter June 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM
there is already chaos!
Jan Book June 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM
David Carini: Can you please find out how many of the 544 units will be available as low income housing units? Also, you might want to check out the June 23, 2011 article published in The Argonaut which reported that the "complex is slated to open in the fall of 2012", and then ask the developer why the delay. And while you are at it, could you ask the developer how the public can get access to the public pool located in the interior of the complex? Thanks.
Sean June 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM
we should all plan on using the pool once or twice a month, we can blog to set up dates and times and show up en mass and call the developers on their bluff ( i am sure they think that the community at large will not use the pool) what do you think their response will be if 100 non residents show up to make use of the facilities...
Gail Hardy June 15, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Now that this 'public pool' has been announced online, it's amazing how fast the news can spread virtually. Just imagine if all the weekend families who barbeque at Mother's Beach got wind that there is a pool available right across the street.
ImaSellout June 15, 2012 at 07:17 PM
What an excellent discourse among concerned residents of Marina Del Rey. Mr. Carini should be inspired by this thread, as it shows both the potential power of this forum -- as well as the type of editorial coverage that drives people to the gather and discuss IMPORTANT issues on the site. Marina Del Rey is in a very unique and precarious place in its development (ie. unchecked developer greed) -- and it should be clear to Mr. Carini and Marina Del Rey Patch that this type of coverage (albeit erroneous in this case) is key to the site's ultimate success. Let's see more of these stories -- and let's continue the important discourse.
David Carini (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Thanks for all the feedback. I will certainly do more research on this project. Does anyone have contact info for Dr. Daniel H. Gottlieb? I heard he has a copy of the HUD application for the project. If so, please contact me at davidc@patch.com
Stylmvn June 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM
How would one verify about the Ritz Carlton pool being open to the public? Because I just called there and the hotel manager said that it is absolutely not for anyone other than hotel guests. Would love to know! Thanks.
Leslee June 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM
This construction project is a nightmare for those of us living nearby. The noise level is insane. The air quality is terrible. This was a peaceful, clean neighborhood and now it's a mess. Additionally, they have put metal plates in the street on Via Marina that clang all night long when vehicles drive over them. Good luck getting any sleep. Do they care? Nope. They don't sleep here.
Air! July 31, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Here's a question for the neighbors: Anyone know what exactly we've been breathing for the past year? The EIR is ridiculously vague and cites the increase in particulate matter as, "significant." Have there been any reports done on the actual dust content, especially during the demolition phase?
aj September 07, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Agree with most people that this place makes the Marina even more significantly crowded, blocks off the wind for sailors, increases congestion and makes us just significantly overcrowded. Marina del Rey has the worst and greediest planners and they lack any foresight. The construction looks pretty cheaply done and looks like all the other generic, uninspired Mediterranean strip mall apartments that are already out of fashion

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