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October 24, 2017 -- Two condominiums of up to two stories on what was the site of a 1946 single-family home in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood go to the City’s Planning Commission in a special session November 1.

The 1,964-square-foot lot at 2215 5th Street is in a low-density zone and requires the commission’s action.

A staff report to the commission says the project is in “an area where Low Density Residential uses are encouraged, and the proposed density of development is below the limitations established for this land use district.”

A maximum of three dwelling units could be permitted on-site, which is close to multi-family buildings which reach three stories.

The project is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), because it is in an urbanized environment location for no more than six dwelling units, the report said.

Nor does the home being replaced “constitute a significant historic resource,” under CEQA, the report said.

As elsewhere in Santa Monica, residents and City planners have worried about the stream of condo projects – usually with just a few units -- changing the character of neighborhoods which historically featured single-family homes.

As of now, the largest concentration of new condos in the City’s 3.8 million-square-foot development pipeline is downtown in proposed hotel-mixed use projects, such as the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and the luxury development sought by Frank Gehry.

In this case, the structure to be replaced is more than 40 years old and thus cannot be demolished without approval of the City’s Landmarks Commission.

“The City’s Landmarks Commission retains jurisdiction to review the demolition permit application and to nominate the improvement as a City Landmark or Structure of Merit,” the report by Jing Yeo, the City Planning Division Manager, said.

She said the Landmarks Commission reviewed the demolition permit in August of 2016 without taking action.

According to Zillow -- a real estate online site -- the 1,464-square-foot blue bungalow-style home with white trim sold for $1,565,000 in June of 2016.

The commission meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Auditorium of the Main Library, at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.


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