The County of Los Angeles has filed a “Notice of Completion” of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Parcel 44 project. The formal public review period for the document will be from February 13, 2015 to March 31, 2015. A public hearing for the purpose of taking public testimony on the DEIR and the proposed project has been scheduled before the Los Angeles County Hearing Examiner at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at the Marina del Rey Hotel, located at: 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292. A public hearing on the project before the Regional Planning Commission will take place at a later date. For more information, please see the links below.
This parcel is leased by Pacific Marina Venture, LLC, Officers David Taban and Michael Pashaie. It consists of roughly 8.4 acres and is located between Mindinao and Bali Way in Marina del Rey with frontage on Admiralty Way opposite the twin Trizec towers. Mr. Pashaie is also the leaseholder of Fisherman’s Village, and Parcels 95, 140 and 141 on Washington Boulevard The architect for the proposal is Jack Hollander, AIA. All existing structures will be demolished and replaced by 5 new structures on the U-shaped property. The developer states that potential sub-lessees might be a Trader Joes and West Marine (currently located in the Waterside shopping center) and two restaurants. It will also include boater facilities, boat broker offices and retail spaces. In terms of development, it is one of the last and most desirable properties left in the Marina.
While Mr. Pashaie has proven himself to be more sensitive to community concerns than the rest of the developers in Marina del Rey, there are problems with this proposal:
1) Traffic: The project is one block north of the Waterside Shopping Center which has created major traffic jams on Admiralty and Mindanao Way. The presence of additional commercial venues in the same area, especially if the very popular Trader Joes becomes a sub-lessee. will only add to this. Bali Way, like Mindanao, is a very short block in terms of access to and from Lincoln Boulevard. In addition, this particular stretch of Admiralty Way is used by many to access Lincoln Boulevard, exiting left on Fiji Way, on their way to and from LAX.
2) View Corridors: Currently, there is an unobstructed view of the harbor from Admiralty Way, interrupted by only a few low structures. If the proposal goes forward, three buildings of the five buildings will front on Admiralty and drastically obscure views of the harbor from Admiralty, an officially designated scenic drive.
3) Restaurants: The Marina is full of restaurants which seem to have a hard time figuring out what residents and tourists like to eat. We don’t need more restaurants in the Marina. What we need are more existing sub-lessee restauranteurs in MDR getting themselves up to date on the very sophisticated taste of Los Angeles eaters and tourists in terms of a variety of choices of excellent food at all prices. We’re not in the 60s and 70s anymore, Dorothy. Marina del Rey faces ferocious competition from restaurants in Venice, Santa Monica and Culver City.