Clients - Development Approvals

  • Former Downtown Post Office

    We assisted the private party who purchased the former Downtown Post Office to obtain a development review permit, mitigated negative declaration, parking variance, and certificate of appropriateness to convert the historic PWA (Public Works Administration) Moderne building with Art Deco motifs into a creative office building with additional floor area for Skydance Media.  We also obtained approval from the Santa Monica City Council to restore and rehabilitate the building's historic lobby for use as a reception area and commissary, reviewed pursuant to a Preservation Covenant imposed by the Postal Service as part of the property's transfer.  The requirement for a development agreement under the Downtown's Interim Zoning Ordinance was avoided, thereby saving time and avoiding community benefit negotiations during the City's preparation of a Downtown Specific Plan.

  • 1626 Lincoln 100% Affordable Housing Project

    We assisted DK Broadway, LLC and Community Corporation of Santa Monica in securing entitlements for a 64-unit 100% affordable housing project on Lincoln Boulevard in Downtown Santa Monica. These entitlements included a Development Review Permit, a Major Modification, and a Minor Modification. An EIR was certified and a Statement of Overriding Considerations was granted covering both the 1626 Lincoln 100% Affordable Housing Project and the 500 Broadway Mixed-Use Housing Project were also approved. The project was awarded tax-credit financing.

  • 16th Street Outpatient Surgery & Oncology Center

    We assisted our client in obtaining a series of development permits for a 45,000 square foot outpatient surgery and oncology center being developed in conjunction with Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. We also secured approvals for an EIR and Statement of Overriding Considerations.

  • Downtown Santa Monica Commercial Building

    We represented the developer of a downtown commercial project located within a potential historic district in obtaining a development review permit. We also assisted in obtaining and analyzing supplemental reports to secure certification of the Final EIR and approval of a Statement of Overriding Considerations.

  • Shore Hotel

    A local hotelier retained us to obtain a series of development permits for a new 164-room hotel across from the Santa Monica Place shopping center. An EIR and Statement of Overriding Considerations were also approved.

  • The Plaza Apartments at The Arboretum by Legacy Partners

    We assisted Legacy Partners in obtaining City approvals for 350 new apartment units now known as The Plaza at The Arboretum.

  • Simi Valley Residential/Retail Development

    Selleck Properties developed a mixed-use residential and retail project across from Simi Valley City Hall with our firm’s assistance. We assisted in the acquisition of the property from a school district, subdivision work, sale of parcels to residential housing developers, preparing master CC&Rs, negotiating an agreement for development of the underlying infrastructure, and negotiating a freeway off-ramp improvement agreement. We also assisted in the refinance of the project.

  • Santa Monica College Campus Plans

    We represent Santa Monica College in a variety of land use matters including the Broad Stage, a master plan for the Bundy Campus, and most recently a facilities master plan update that encompasses a series of projects on the College’s various campus sites. Our representation included developing the College’s CEQA Guidelines and ensuring CEQA compliance.

  • Lexus Santa Monica

    We assisted Lexus Santa Monica in obtaining the necessary City approvals for its new showroom and auto repair facility in Santa Monica.

  • Main Street Mixed-Use Development

    The developer of two mixed-use projects constructed on Main Street in Santa Monica retained our firm to assist in the permitting process. 133 housing units, together with ground floor retail and subterranean parking, have been developed on these sites not far from the Civic Center. An EIR and Statement of Overriding Considerations were approved in conjunction with this project.

  • Volkswagen Santa Monica

    We assisted Volkswagen Santa Monica in obtaining a conditional use permit for expansion of its auto service and repair facilities.

  • Herb Albert Educational Village School (New Roads) Campus

    This non-profit school retained our firm to assist in the land use approval process for redevelopment of its campus with a high school, middle school and non-profit educational partners. The approvals also include a gymnasium, performing arts theater, leadership conference center and related facilities. An EIR was approved in conjunction with this project.

  • Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park Mixed-Use Project

    Selleck Properties’ retail/hotel project in Thousand Oaks was developed with our assistance. Our work included subdivision issues, sales of two parcels for hotel development and negotiating a master site development agreement and CC&Rs governing common area use and maintenance.

  • Champagne Towers Northridge Earthquake Renovation

    Following the 1994 Northridge earthquake, we assisted the owners of this nine-story, 120-unit luxury apartment building in developing and implementing a strategy for the project's redevelopment in the face of local rent control laws and the site's downzoning.

  • Citrus Suites Corporate Rental Housing

    We represented Citrus Suites in the development and operation of corporate rental housing in Santa Monica.

  • Le Merigot Hotel

    We assisted Maguire Thomas Partners in the late 1980s in obtaining the original City and Coastal Commission entitlements and helped to maintain those entitlements for Le Merigot Hotel for multiple years until the market again favored hotel construction. After the project site was sold to its current owner, we assisted the purchaser with a variety of land use and entitlement issues including modification of EIR mitigation measures and issuance of the alcoholic beverage license for the hotel’s restaurant and common areas.

  • Camarillo Commercial and Industrial Projects

    We are assisting with land use permits and transactional matters for a commercial/retail development on 43 acres in Camarillo that will include the development of a new bridge over the 101 freeway and a proposed industrial park.

  • Ivy At The Shore Restaurant

    We obtained City permits to facilitate Ivy At The Shore Restaurant’s relocation within Santa Monica.

  • Wolfgang Puck/Chinois-On-Main Restaurant

    We represented Wolfgang Puck in obtaining City approval for his addition of a private dining facility at Chinois on Main Restaurant, including a zoning ordinance text amendment, a CUP and a parking variance.

  • 951 Ocean Avenue Luxury Condominium Project

    The developers of this luxury condominium project retained us to obtain project approvals after the City of Santa Monica denied the project. We were successful in enabling the project to proceed in accordance with the development standards in effect when its application was filed despite subsequent downzoning.

  • Santa Monica Auto Dealers Association

    We represent the Santa Monica Auto Dealers Association concerning various land use and zoning issues affecting Santa Monica automobile dealerships.

  • Downtown Housing Projects

    We represented various housing builders in obtaining City approvals for new housing projects in Santa Monica’s downtown, which have typically included ground floor retail and related space.

  • Single Family Homeowners

    We represent numerous homeowners in redressing grievances, such as repair or replacement of nonconforming structures, vested rights, historic resource assessments, downzoning, protection of granny units, code enforcement matters, boundary issues, and home occupation permits.

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