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Five-Story Mixed-Use Apartment Building on Lincoln in Santa Monica Poised for Approval


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By Niki Cervantes
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December 6, 2017 -- A five-story mixed-use apartment building, one of a string of new multi-family projects set for construction on Santa Monica’s Lincoln Boulevard Downtown, is poised for approval next week by the City’s Planning Commission.

If given the go-ahead, the project at 1437-1443 Lincoln will include 40 apartments above commercial uses at the ground level. It is 33,845 square feet, not including 87 parking spaces in a three-level subterranean garage. It will also have room for 80 bikes.

The project goes to the commission, which has final authority in this case, for public input at its December 13 meeting. The session starts at 7 p.m. and is in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at the Main Library, at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Jesse Ottinger, KFA Architects, is the applicant. The owner is Luxe 1441 Lincoln LLC.

The design is being widely-used by developers as the City continues its re-configuration of Lincoln from mostly low-slung older businesses with surface parking lots to a more residential neighborhood ("Another Step This Week in 'Transformation' of Santa Monica's Lincoln Boulevard," September 20, 2016).

In this case, the project replaces a two-story, 12,500-square-foot retail building at 1443 Lincoln and a commercial building converted into apartments and at two-story residential building at the rear of the property at 1447 Lincoln, City Planners said.

“The developer will be seeking a Removal Permit from the Rent Control Board for the 11 rent-controlled units that are registered on the project site,” a report to commissioners said.

“One resident currently remains on the property and has been in ongoing discussions with the developer pertaining to a potential relocation agreement,” it said.

The report also says the project “complies with both the City’s Affordable Housing Production Program and ability to satisfy the Removal Permit condition that requires that at least 15 percent of the controlled rental units built on the site be at rents affordable by persons of low-income.”

A new law by the City mandates up 30 percent of all new apartments built by private developers Downtown be reserved as affordable. The report notes the development is not included because it had completed submitting its application before the cut-off of November 16, 2016.

Instead, the project proposes four two-bedroom units for households earning 50 percent of the area median income and income two one-bedroom units for households earning 50 percent of the area median income.


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