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Supervisors to Vote on Marina del Rey Condo Project

Three apartment buildings to replace the existing one.

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.

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J.W. Nelson May 10, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I wonder if the board will consider that such a development will put almost three times as many cars on the road, when compared to today, and whether the developer will bear any of the costs of improving our already over-burdened streets. Based upon recent events, it seems that developers (and politicians) won't be satisfied until every street in MdR is lined with ugly rows of box-like buildings.
graciela huth May 11, 2012 at 01:26 AM
In a book I am reading the editor of a newspaper asks his readers: "What has happened to give a negative connotation to a constructive word like 'develop'? It means, according to the dictionary, to perfect, to expand, to change from a lesser to a higher state, to mature, to ripen. Yet, a large segment of the population now uses it as a pejorative.... The civic leaders who are campaigning for and supporting with their votes 'development' should take a hard look at the semantics of a word that sounds so commendable and can be so destructive." I do not think I need to add anything to this commentary. Those who live here and contributed to make the Marin beautiful deeply dislike these outsiders that come here and try to tell us how to change (develop?) into something we do not want because it is going to impact our way of life for ever. They can buy the dirty politicians but they will never get our approval. Los Angeles is full of areas that need 'development'. Our Marina is not one of them.
Fed Up May 11, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Thanks, Graciela, I enjoyed your comments. This is just another taking of our public common areas. Chomsky has been warning our citizens against this move on open space by the rich for years. The public parking lot that is going to be given to this developer was supposed to be turned into a public park via the Coastal Commission's wishes in 1996 (the only park on the west side of the harbor). Reduced access to the coast, reduced parking, reduced quality of life, and increased campaign contributions to each County Supervisor. A minor investment to liberate public land away from the foolish and silent citizens.
Cheryl May 11, 2012 at 06:59 PM
The issue not addressed is the impact to the health of those living in the area who will be exposed to excessive noise, asbestos & mold from these buildings that will be released into the air and community, the loss of nature, the obstruction of view, and the increased travel time to and from work. These are longterm projects that do not address the impact to the nearby residents.

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