The Woodfin Hotel and Timeshare Resort
We Are Marina Del Rey, the non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to moderating development in Marina Del Rey has filed an appeal against the Woodfin Hotel and Timeshare Resort with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The hearing will take place at the Kenneth Hahn Administration Building on April 26th, 2011. This will be the final hearing on this project before the BOS. If approved, it will go before the California Coastal Commission on June 15-17, 2011 at a meeting to be held at the Marina del Rey Hotel. Of all the the County’s proposed projects in adjacent Marina del Rey, the Woodfin will have the most dramatic consequences for Silver Strand homeowners. Because it is sited on Via Marina between Tahiti and Marquesas Way, adjacent to Via Dolce, this 19 story high-rise hotel, set down in a 3 story residential neighborhood, will affect all views from Silver Strand homes, including those on Roma Court facing North-East. It will be the tallest building in Marina del Rey, 4 storys higher than the Marina City Club. All concerned Silver Strand homeowners should make an effort to attend both the BOS and the Coastal Commission hearings to express their opinion.
We Are Marina Del Rey is in the process of trying to raise $20,000 to pay their lawyer and other experts to help with the appeal on this and 2 other projects in Marina del Rey. To make a tax deductible donation to the organization, please go to their website http://www.wearemdr.com/donate
On February 15, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the re-development of Del Rey Shores on Via Marina. The project, led by developer and lessee Jerry Epstein was resubmitted with a revised Environmental Impact Report and new financing which includes backer, actor Kirk Douglas and his wife. The project will demolish the existing 2 story Del Rey Shores complex and add 342 residential units in a cluster of twelve, 5 story, 79 foot high, apartment buildings. The proposed project, renamed The Shores, is on Via Marina between between Panay Way and Marquesas.
Shopping center on Washington Blvd between Via Dolce and Via Marina has also been approved by the BOS. This is currently the site of the Coldwell Banker real estate offices. The project will be a low-rise development, however it will impact traffic in terms of ingress and egress to and from the Silver Strand at the Via Marina and Via Dolce intersections with Washington Boulevard. Hopefully the tenants will not be yet another beauty parlor, cleaner or fast food joint, all of which we have more than aplenty in our neighborhood.
The major Amendment to the Marina del Rey LCP, including the Woodfin Hotel and Timeshare, and other projects, will be presented to the California Coastal Commission on June 15-17 at the Marina del Rey Hotel.
Summary of additional residential units approved to date by Regional Planing Board and/or BOS on Via Marina:
The Woodfin Hotel and Timeshare Resort 288 new units
The Neptune Legacy Development 390 new units over existing
The Shores 342 new units over existing
Esprit II 297 new units over existiny
Total new units proposed on Via Marina 1319
Figuring the standard average of 1.5 persons per unit, these projects will add a minimum of 2930 daily car trips to and fro Via Marina, not including service personnel, taxis, and service trucks to the hotel and residences which will probably add at least another 400 car/truck trips a day to our neighborhood. In other words, we are looking at a minimum of an additional daily 3300 vehicle trips on Via Marina. Traffic on Via Marina is not through but circular which will add to the number of vehicular trips. Because these projects will affect the intersections of Via Dolce and Via Marina onto Washington Blvd and Admiralty Way, they will impact ingress to and egress from the Silver Strand including emergency services. In addition, the County is proposing to replace the Marina Fitness Building on Panay Way with a 30,000 square foot commercial complex with adjacent 5 story parking structure. This project has been approved by the Regional Planning Board and is currently being appealed by We Are Marina del Rey.