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Santa Monica Post Office Site for Sale
By Jonathan Friedman
June 19, 2017 -- Reconstruction of the old post office in Downtown Santa Monica has already begun, but the owner who fought through several controversial hearings to get the project approved apparently doesn’t want the property anymore.
The site on Fifth Street off Arizona Avenue, which was designated a historic landmark in 2014, is up for sale.
Some people, including planning commissioners, were bothered by the fence. But SkyDance said it was needed to prevent those who see the sign and think the post office is still open from entering the property.
A divided Planning Commission approved the project in April 2016 during an awkward meeting in which the panel at first denied the application, then Commissioner Mario Fonda-Bonardi reversed his vote (“Commission Denies, Then Approves Santa Monica Post Office Conversion,” April 25, 2016).
Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy appealed that approval to the City Council later in the year, but her appeal was denied.
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