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Councilmembers Fear Conversion of Santa Monica Beachfront Hotels to Condos
By Jonathan Friedman
June 23, 2017 -- Nearly 30 years ago Santa Monica voters approved Proposition S that prohibited further construction of hotels and restaurants along the city’s coast.
City Councilmembers now fear the “control on coastal land use intensification” created by the measure is threatened by the potential conversion of hotels into luxury condos.
McKeown did not mention any specific conversion attempts on the horizon, although The Lookout did not ask if there were, nor is this publication aware of any.
Its passage that year created the Beach Overlay District west of Ocean Avenue, where prohibited entities include hotels, motels and restaurants larger than 2,000 square feet and higher than one story.
Instead, McKeown wrote, they would “diminish the visitor-serving facilities encouraged by California’s Coastal Act.”
He added, “Multinational corporations might profit, while luxury condo owners would further gentrify our beachfront, and our Santa Monica community would be the loser.
"We need to explore ways to control what international money can do with our beach.”
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