The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors has just issued a press release stating that “in response to the community’s concerns regarding the proposed Woodfin Hotel, a revised hotel concept has been developed for Parcel 9U in Marina del Rey.” Instead of a 19-story, 225 foot high hotel, the new plan calls for a 5-story hotel which will be 69 feet high. It will be configured as a 2 wing structure. The hotel will have 228 rooms as before. Parking (214 spaces) will be underground on one level. There will no time-share element. Plans call for a small wet-land park to be “recreated” at the southern end of the lot.
Public opposition to the original project was spearheaded by David Barish and Nancy Vernon Marino of WE ARE MARINA DEL REY, a non-profit, all volunteer organization, who filed an appeal against the original project with the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. They were joined by local Home Owners Associations, The Venice Neighborhood Council, the Marina Peninsula Association, many Silver Strand, Marina del Rey and Venice residents, along with boating groups and Los Angeles recreational users of the harbor.
The revised plan will likely be presented at the next BOS meeting on April 26, 2011. Issues which remain on the table include the fact that the project encroaches 40 feet onto a designated wetland and that many in the community favor using this public land as a park rather than a hotel site.