Santa Monica Lookout
|Commission Grants Further Approvals for Lincoln Mixed-Use Development||
By Jonathan Friedman
December 19, 2016 -- A five-story mixed use development planned for the lot currently featuring the Aaron Brothers frame store on Lincoln Boulevard moved closer to final approval last Wednesday.
Planning commissioners without comment passed technical approvals for the project between Colorado Avenue and Olympic Boulevard at the border of Downtown. The commission already approved a development permit in September.
The Architectural Review Board must also review the plans for final approval.
Plans for the project, which is one of several in various stages of the approval pipeline that are supposed to revitalize Lincoln, will include 66 residential units and more than 5,300 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.
The proposal also calls for a three-level subterranean garage with 130 parking spaces.
Five of the units must be priced for households earning 30 percent of the local median income.
Los Angeles-based Cypress Equity Investments owns the future development and promotes it on the firm’s website as "located within the downtown core of the city of Santa Monica, which is a premier location for both retail and residential uses."
The website says the development will include "a large pool and sun deck, a screening room, and a spacious lounge-entertainment space."
Also at the meeting, the commission approved three conditional-use permits for alcohol service. Sometimes these requests spark discussion, but they were approved this time without any comment.
Receiving permits were Cafe Luxxe on Montana Avenue to sell beer and wine for off-site consumption only and Gelsons Market on Lincoln Boulevard to serve beer and wine in a planned cafe area.
Stout Burgers and Beers on Santa Monica Boulevard received an adjustment to its existing permit from on-site beer and wine service to "general alcohol."
The commission is off for the rest of the year and meets again on January 18.
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