Developer Ocean Avenue, LLC has unveiled new renderings of the proposed redevelopment of the Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
The hotel, which will be renamed "The Miramar Santa Monica," was redesigned following the adoption of the new Downtown Santa Monica Community Plan, and has now reduced its height, the number of condominiums, and overall square footage.
The project, located at the terminus of Wilshire Boulevard, now calls for 312 guest rooms, a maximum of 60 market-rate condominiums, 475 basement parking spaces, and a 100 percent affordable housing building at 1127 2nd Street. Over half of the total property will remain as open space, including 14,000 square feet of publicly-accessible gardens.
The historic Palisades Building and the Moreton Bay Fig Tree will be preserved under Ocean Avenue, LLC's proposal. Also staying in place are The Bungalow and FIG Restaurant, which will relocate to second-floor spaces featuring outdoor dining areas.
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is serving as the hotel's design architect, spearheading a design team that includes landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. Their vision for the property is oriented around the historic tree, which is called the "true focal point of the project." Plans also call for removing the walls that currently encircle the property to open up the site and create new pedestrian access points. The building would rise 10 stories, peaking at a maximum height of 130 feet above street level in accordance with the Community Plan.
The Miramar Santa Monica will also contain a divisible10,000-square-foot ballroom, as well as 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa and fitness center, and approximately 6,600 square feet of total retail - much of which will front Wilshire Boulevard.
The developer is currently in discussion with the City of Santa Monica with regards to the size and unit mix of the proposed affordable housing complex, which would rise on a surface parking lot across the street from the hotel entrance.
The project is being designed with the aim of achieving LEED Platinum certification. A construction timeline has not been revealed.
The Miramar Santa Monica joins a proposed Frank Gehry-designed development at Ocean and Santa Monica Boulevard that was also redesigned following the adoption of the Downtown Community Plan.
- Santa Monica Archive (Urbanize LA)