According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, Houston-based developer Hines' plans for a 71-foot* building at Olympic Boulevard between 26th and Stewart streets in Santa Monica, across from the new Expo Line stop, has neighbors fretting.
The main issue for neighbors is -- what else? -- traffic. If the developer is touting the proximity to the new rail line, at least some neighbors don't believe that people will ditch their cars.
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Addressing the developer, one resident "doubted the proximity to Bergamot Station and creating neighborhood-serving retail would significantly limit vehicle use. 'You're saying people are never going to go outside of that building complex -- that's unbelievable, that's like a jail,' she said."
Given the exemptions Hines is seeking, the Planing Commission will consider the development agreement next month, and then the project would head to the City Council. UPDATE: 71 feet, not stories.