In recent months, Grubb Properties has kicked off plans for five mixed-use and multifamily residential projects in neighborhoods across the City of Los Angeles. Now, the North Carolina-based developer turns its sights to the city next door.

A staff presentation to the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board unveils plans from Grubb to build a mixed-use apartment building at 700 Santa Monica Boulevard. The project site, a corner lot at the intersection of Santa Monica and 7th Street, would see a small commercial building make way for a new five-story edifice featuring 60 one, two-, and three-bedroom apartments above approximately 3,900 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

View looking southwest from Santa Monica BoulevardTighe Architecture

Proposed plans call for a total of 15 extremely low-, very low-, low-, and moderate-income affordable units. Additionally, as the site is located within Downtown Santa Monica, no on-site parking is proposed.

Tighe Architecture is designing 700 Santa Monica, which would be clad in materials including stucco, brick veneer, wood, and metal. Plans show a podium-type building with a U-shaped footprint wrapping a central courtyard which overlooks Santa Monica Boulevard. An additional amenity deck is proposed for the rooftop.

"The proposed five-story building is appropriate within its context at the edge of Downtown," reads a staff report to the Architectural Review Board. "The central courtyard above the podium divides the building into two solid volumes fronting Santa Monica Boulevard. These solid forms are more subtly broken in two volumes, with the open corridor in the center providing a break on the elevations. The configuration creates an appropriate massing response along this longer elevation. The 7th Street elevation continues the varied articulation albeit with less dramatic changes in plane."

700 Santa Monica BoulevardCity of Santa Monica

The presentation is for 700 Santa Monica's preliminary view, and the project is not scheduled to face a vote by the Board at this point in time.

The development site sits diagonally across the street from the Santa Monica Public Library, and is one of a handful of new mixed-use and multifamily residential buildings proposed near the facility.

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