A developer with plans to build multifamily housing in Downtown Santa Monica has doubled the size of its project after acquiring an adjoining property.

Illustrated view looking east across Lincoln BoulevardWilliam Adams Architects

The project, which is proposed by an entity affiliated with Alhambra-based Jacmar Cos., was first presented to the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board in 2019 as a four-story, 15-unit apartment building with retail.  A revised plan, which now incorporates a neighboring parcel at 1431 Lincoln Boulevard, calls for the construction of a larger five-story edifice featuring 30 apartments above approximately 4,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and subterranean parking for 30 vehicles.

Architectural plans point to a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans within the proposed development, including six which would be set aside as deed-restricted affordable housing at the moderate-, low-, very low-, and extremely low-income levels.

William Adams Architects is designing the apartment complex, which like its earlier iteration, is described in a staff report as a "modern infill project."  Plans call for an exterior of smooth stucco and metal panels, with a unique "floating" volume hovering above a street-level courtyard facing Lincoln Boulevard.  The building would also include a series of private balconies and rooftop decks for use by residents.

Aerial view looking northeastWilliam Adams Architects

The new design was presented to the Architectural Review Board to solicit feedback.  No vote on the concept is scheduled at this point in time.

The project follows on the heels of a slew of similar - and larger - develompents along the Lincoln Boulevard corridor.

Directly across the street, prolific Santa Monica developer WS Communities is planning to replace a surface parking lot with 100 apartments and retail, joining another 100-unit apartment complex the company is already building a block south at Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue.

1427-1431 Lincoln BoulevardWilliam Adams Architects

Other projects in the pipeline include a 296-unit apartment complex which Related California hopes to build at the current site of a Vons supermarket at Lincoln Boulevard and Broadway.  The Architectural Review Board took its first look at that project in February.

Jacmar Cos., the food distribution company linked to the ownership entity of 1427-1431 Lincoln, is also connected to plans for a 120-unit apartment complex in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood.