Important: Development on Via Marina, Marina del Rey- The Marriott Hotels raise their heads once again.

Hotel from Via Marina

Architect’s rendering of Marriott Hotels from Via Marina, Marina del Rey

    On July 22, 2015, the Regional Planning Commission will be considering a proposal to
construct a 288-room hotel in Marina del Rey at Parcel 9U, located at Via Marina and
Tahiti Way. The meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. at 320 W. Temple Street, Room 150, Los
Angeles, CA 90012. This project, the Marriott Hotels (formerly the Woodfin Hotel and Timeshares),  has a long and controversial history. The lessee in both projects is Samuel Hardage, a San Diego developer with longtime ties to the Marriotts. Supervisor Don Knabe appears to be pushing his pet projects forward prior to being termed out in 2016. For the background on this project go to the main page of the Silver Strand News and type in “Woodfin,” “Hardage” and Marriott.

  The public and local residents have expressed their opposition to the hotel/s at every stage of the hearings. The County “Visioning Process” planners have designated Via Marina as a residential area. How does a hotel fit into that picture?

1) A hotel is an inappropriate use for this site and Marina del Rey already has plenty of hotels, including two Marriotts (the Ritz is a Marriott).

2) Ideally, this parcel, the largest remaining undeveloped site in MDR, would be a public park containing a small maritime museum including the history of Marina del Rey and a center for the educating the public about the Ballona wetlands (the southern portion of the parcel contains a wetland). One way of financing this would be to put a public bond issue on the ballot.

3) The snake in the grass. If the 288-room hotel is shot down and the park plan is rejected, the County could retaliate by putting up yet another monstrous 500 plus apartment complex  like “The Shores,” on the site.  In terms of Via Marina, The AMLI project is already underway, Legacy Partners is proposing another huge development a block south of it. The Hotels are the third. All these Via Marina projects will coincide with the installation of the new Venice auxiliary sewer line. Work on the latter is scheduled to begin in early 2016.

Here is the official notice from the Department of Regional Planning:

Richard J. Bruckner

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider the project described below. You witl have an opportunity to testify, or you can submit written comments to the planner below or at the public hearing. If the final decision on this proposal is challenged in court, testimony may be limited to issues raised before or at the public hearing.

Hearing Date and Time: Wednesday July 22, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Hearing Location:320 West Temple St. Hall of Records, Rm. 150, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Project and Permits:

Project No.TR067861-(4)

Coastal Development Permit No. 200600007
To authorize the construction of the following: 1) a new five- and six-story 288-room hotel in two wings with associated amenities including meeting rooms, restaurant, bar/lounge, fitness center, and operations spaces including lobby, offices, and laundry and maintenance facilities, a parking garage, parking lot, and associated signage and landscaping;2) a new 28-foot-wide pedestrian promenade; and 3) water taxi shelter.

Conditional Use Permit No. 200600288
To authorize development of a parking structure and the sale of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption .

Parking Permit No.200600020
To allow for the use of valet-managed,tandem parking.

Variance No. 200600012
To authorize a zero setback from the waterfront pedestrian promenade and a reduction in the northerly, side yard setback to allow a 7 Ya-foot setback .

Environmental Review No. 200600216
An Addendum to an existlng Environmental Impact Report certified in April of 2011 and an updated Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (“MMRP”) to determine whether any significant effects to the environment were not identified in the original certified EIR and would result from the revised project has have been prepared pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) reporttng requirements.

The proposed Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn Project (“Project ) site is located on Lease Parcel 9U at the western end of Basin B in the unincorporated community of Marina del Rey. The Project site consists of the northernmost 2.2 acres of the lease parceland is accessed via Via Marina.
320 West Temple Street • Los Angeles, CA 91.l’t) 12 • 213-9 .!-64 l l • Fax: 213-626-0434 • TDD: 213-617-2292
For more information regarding this application, contact Kevin Finkel, AICP Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (DRP), 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone: (213) 974-4854, Fax: (213) 626-0434, E-mail: . Case materials are available online at http://planning.l or at the following libraries. All correspondence received by DRP shall be considered a public record.

Please try and attend the meeting and fill out speaker card to express your opinion on the project. Your comments will be included as part of the public record.

If you are unable to attend you can send your opinion via email to:

Department of Regional Planning:

Richard Bruckner:

Kevin Finkel:

County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors:

Sheila Kuelh Supervisor, Third District: e-mail:

Sheila Represents those of who live west of Via Marina

Hilda L Solis Supervisor, First District: e-mail:

Mark Ridley Thomas, Second District: e-mail: MarkRidley-Thomas@

Don Knabe Supervisor, Fourth District: e-mail:

Mike Antonovich, Fifth District: e-mail:

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3 Responses to Important: Development on Via Marina, Marina del Rey- The Marriott Hotels raise their heads once again.

  1. Daryl says:

    After a re-read of this post it occurred to me that appropriate challenges to any decision could, and should include: 1) Failure by officials to provide timely hearing notice to ALL MdR residents (I received nothing); and 2) in the same vein, how was this hearing date moved up from 3/2016 to its current date? An aside, if Hardage gets approval but hasn’t obtained the necessary financing, then what? Back to the drawing board, or must another developer build according to the approved plans submitted by Marriott?
    There’ll come a time when residents, especially renters, will say “ENOUGH” and leave – the Avalon Marina already has revolving tenancy. Perhaps then the property owners will realize the meaning of “over-development” when their wallets suffer and renters won’t fill them. Lastly, Villa del Mar is also scheduled for its upgrade concurrent with the other developments.

  2. Daryl says:

    Perhaps my memory fails me, but it was my understanding that a small portion of this parcel would be developed as a small park adjacent to the hotels. That a variance is required to pass this project signals clearly a violation of MdR’s zoning and visioning plan for this area. Salient question to be posed: Has Hardage/Marriott secured their financing and permits which previously postponed approval of this development? If not, Knabe stands “exposed”. That other proposed developments have failed at this site due to wetland sinkage problems, how will this underlying problem be overcome this time? Its only viable use is as a park. The entire Board and other reps, including Sheila Kuehl, who has failed us in supporting the views of MdR residents that got her elected, who but one goal in mind: MONEY. Jerry Brown’s support should be sought, instead, since he is an avowed environmentalist and recently spoke on wetlands preservation, et al. at USC (see
    The grandest question is: What will the Marina do when excessive development and traffic results in avoidance of the area? Despite the discussions of navigating around the marina, I’ve yet to hear dialog addressing access INTO the marina.
    In light of all current proposals, other oceanside destinations will, and do, have more to offer than MdR, and certainly appeal to all age groups – not merely the young walkers and bikers.
    Thank you Silver Strand for your vigilence without which most of us would know little of this planned destruction. (Please pardon the length of this post, but I believe some of this questions should be sent to the individuals noted above and addressed in court.)

  3. Nora Nicosia says:

    Thanks for keeping us informed Sandy………..Will send some emails tomorrow……..Nora

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