A developer will demolish an apartment building on Via Marina and Marquesas Way to replace it with a bigger condominium complex – if the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approves the permits on Tuesday.
Three new buildings will accommodate 400 units, replacing the existing 136-unit complex. Additionally, the 198 boat slips on Marina Parcel 10, adjacent to the building, will be replaced with 174 new slips.
Two of the new buildings will be 55 feet high and the other will measure 60 feet – or four stories with two levels of subterranean garage parking, providing 909 parking spaces. The developer, Legacy Partners Neptune Marina, will also build a 28-foot-wide landscaped pedestrian walkway along the waterfront.
, the board approved the redevelopment project amid a backlash from dozens of speakers against the project, who believed rampant development over the last two decade has favored commercial builders at the expense of the environment and quality of life for marina residents.
At the time, Bobbi Buescher, a representative of state Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, D-Marina del Rey, who spoke at the board meeting, said the state lawmaker was opposed.
In the letter that Buescher read aloud, Butler said the supervisors were ignoring residents’ concerns about the loss of open space and recreational opportunities.
And, David Barish, co-director of the residents' group "We ARE Marina del Rey" that favors recreational preservation over development, blasted the supervisors over the process.
The marina was built in the 1950s and 60s with local, state and federal funds to provide low-cost access to coastal resources, Barish said, and the steady conversion of the marina from a recreational harbor to a private residential and commercial development "violates the pact the county implicitly made with the public when it sought public funds for construction."
The new housing project is expected to generate more traffic – about 85 more cars in the area around rush hour, and the developer will pay the county about $483,000 to offset congestion.
In compliance with state law, Neptune will also provide 62 affordable units.
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Board Hearing Room 381B in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, located at 500 West Temple St., Los Angeles.
Paul Chavez contributed to this report.