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Olympics, New Parking Garage on Santa Monica Planning Commission Agenda
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By Jonathan Friedman
Associate Editor

July 12, 2016 -- Meeting for the first time in nearly a month, the Planning Commission will tackle a number of issues on Wednesday, including a proposal for a new parking structure and the possibility of Santa Monica hosting Olympic events in 2024.

The 670-space, two-story parking structure is proposed for an empty lot in an industrial area near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 26th Street.

Private owner MATTKARR LLC plans to include 108 spaces for bicycles and a 1,450-square-foot area to display art along Michigan Avenue.

This structure “will primarily provide parking to the adjacent buildings and users,” according to a staff report.

The report says the structure “will seek to support the local existing demand for monthly parking needs in the adjacent neighborhoods, other commercial uses, the [Bergamot Station] Arts Center and the new Expo line.”

A pedestrian walkway is also planned that would connect 26th Street to Michigan Avenue.

“A series of concrete wall art, landscaped areas, and vine covered screens will line the façade facing the pedestrian walkway and adjacent property to the east,” the report states.

Also during the meeting, the commission will hear a presentation from LA 2024 about Santa Monica hosting men’s and women’s beach volleyball at the Olympic and Paralympic Games eight years from now (“Olympics Could Come to Santa Monica in 2024,” June 20, 2016).

The committee also plans to hold the men’s and women’s triathlon and open-water races in Santa Monica, according to its website.

Whether these events would ever take place in Santa Monica is still very preliminary. The International Olympic Committee will choose a host for the 2024 Games next year. Los Angeles is competing with Paris, Rome and Budapest.

Santa Monica College was the starting point for the men’s and women’s marathon in the 1984 Olympics. The women’s marathon took place for the first time at the Olympics that year.

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