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Hermosa Beach City Councilmember Pete Tucker requests a public hearing for a Mixed-Use office condo project at 1429 Hermosa Avenue.
Pete Tucker's and the other city councilmember's comments from the Nov. 28, 2006 city council meeting are just after this after the following Letter to the Editor.
The Daily Breeze – December 7, 2006
Letters to the Editor
Condo project lacks adequate parking
Hermosa Beach is digging an even deeper downtown-parking deficiency hole with the Planning Commission's "rubber stamp" approval of a 30-plus-feet-tall, four-level, flat-roofed, 35-unit commercial condominium project at 15th Street and Hermosa Avenue.
Among a litany of concerns is the city's day/night shared parking calculation requiring less than one net parking space on site per business or restaurant condo contained therein. Two of the 35 condos are in fact restaurants; one is 3,000 square feet, the other 1,500 square feet. Thus, 35 condo owners, two being the restaurant condo owners, will have less than one parking space each.
Two other projects have an intensified-building-usage shared parking concept; however, those are each under single ownership and have better on-site parking in the first place. This project, with 35 independent owners crammed in, has no practical opportunity for 35 owner-controlled shared parking plans. The developer and city are burying their heads in the sand rather than facing the reality that this project lacks sensible parking and sets a terrible precedent for future development citywide.
Hermosa Beach, essentially acting as a prostitute, is extorting from the developer $200,000 as payment for seven nonexistent parking places the city will never supply given the shortage of parking already waiting for a years-away parking garage. The developer is foolish to participate in this extortion.
The developer would do much better by submitting a common-sense, less-intensive design, with realistic parking, rather than being hustled by Hermosa Beach. The city has screwed up many developments and created the city's parking problems with its lax parking requirements. The project will be a parking pain for its 35 condo-owners, the current downtown businesses and residents long suffering from the severe parking shortage there.
City Council, are you also going to be "rubber stamping" this project?
-- HOWARD LONGACRE
Hermosa Beach City Councilmember Pete Tucker requests a public hearing for an office condo project at 1429 Hermosa Avenue.
No other HB City Councilmember voiced support for Pete Tucker's request.
For a public hearing to take place, two city councilmember's need to request a public hearing for this project at 1429 Hermosa Avenue.
At the November 28, 2006 Hermosa Beach City Council meeting:
The following are the verbal comments by each Hermosa Beach City Councilmember's regarding the 1429 Hermosa Avenue, mixed use office condo project.
OK, the reason I pulled this, there was a project that was approved, resolution number PC 06-30, which is a condo office project on 14th street, 1429 Hermosa Avenue. In reviewing the report and what the commission did.
This project is grossly under-parked. It requires 77 (parking) spots. They are only going to provide I believe 34 (parking spots) on-site and they are going pay an in lieu fee for 7 (parking spots).
And we’ve had other condo office projects who have provided at least the required parking. These office condos range any where from 607 square feet to 302 square feet.
So, I think we need to review this project. For the impact it’s causing, not only for the downtown area but in the residential area.
I just think it’s going to be a burden to the area down there and I think we need to review the parking plan for this project and either, have a public hearing on it.
So I am looking for support for one other vote to bring this back to the council for a public hearing.
Does anybody support the request? I happen to like the project, I mean, you know, I just, I do.
So… if somebody else wants to vote or, it’s brought back.
Going once…going twice…
Excuse me, can we speak on this?
Absolutely, come up.
Mr. Mayor, members of the council, Shirley Cassel, Hermosa Beach.
Is that the one where they want to put in 33 to 35 condominiums, down there?
Pete Tucker: Yeah
Michael Keegan: Office condos.
Sam Edgerton: These are office condos.
Pete Tucker: Office condos and a restaurant.
And also to, they want to dig down I think quite a ways, to put in a parking… (underground parking garage)
Pete Tucker: Yeah, that’s another concern I have, with the…
And then also to, they are going to have a pump going there 24 and 7. They’re too close to the water.
They are going to have to de-water the site, if they hit it, yeah. So that’s another concern, that wasn’t in the resolution, also. So.
That’s bad, and also to, that’s too many condos, because eventually, what that’s going to happen.
The people that buy those…and the next thing you know they are going to put in a couch…and then there going to put in a little tiny two burner strove…oh yeah… and they are all going to have little showers in there.
And before you know it, it is going to be a flop house.
You people better really look at the project very, very closely. Our your liable to be very, very surprised.
In the next couple years, you’re going to have people living in there. Thank you.
OK, no I just feel that the parking is a problem. I think they are entitled to get residential stickers. That will impact the neighborhood.
So there is a lot of things that need to be looked at.
Parking is a big issue. We have made all the other projects in town conform.
And why, why we have let this one go, I am not quite sure. We have one on the highway where, we are going thru the hoops with him.
So, I just feel it is a quality of life issue for the people that live around there. It’s just the people that are going to be in the condo. So.
No other Hermosa Beach City Council member supported Pete Tuckers request for a Hermosa Beach City Council public hearing for the 35 condo project with a restaurant at 1429 Hermosa Avenue.
OK, um, all the comments are in… going once…going twice…going three times…I don’t hear anything…and this matter is closed.
City Manager Steve Burrell: You should need to receive and file the action list.
Sam Edgerton: Is there a motion to receive and file?
Pete Tucker: I will make a motion to receive and file.
Sam Edgerton: Is there a second? All those in favor, say aye.
The motion to receive and file passed, with a unanimous vote.
The following is the Conditional Use Permit for a new 19,000 square foot three-story commercial building divided into up to 35 condominium units at 1429 Hermosa Avenue.
CUP for a new 19,000 square foot three-story commercial building divided into up to 35 condominium units at 1429 Hermosa Avenue.
CON 06-12/PDP 06-11/PARK 06-5 -- Conditional Use Permit, Precise Development Plan and Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 67748 for a new 19,000 square foot three-story commercial building with basement parking containing office, snack shop, and restaurant uses and outside dining, divided into up to 35 condominium units (33 office units on the upper floors and one restaurant and one snack shop unit on the ground floor), and a Parking Plan to base the parking requirements on the peak shared parking requirements of the proposed uses and to pay parking in-lieu fees to compensate for providing less than required parking on site, and adoption of an Environmental Negative Declaration at 1429 Hermosa Avenue.
The following news story outlines the 35 condo office and restaurant project at 1429 Hermosa Avenue.
The Easy Reader – October 26, 2006
Modern office-eatery building okayed
The green light has been
given to a plan to replace two decades-old buildings in the downtown area
with a contemporary building housing as many as 33 condo-style offices, a
snack shop and an upscale restaurant.
The Easy Reader – June 8, 2006
Nueva Hermosa, Part I
The city is getting a long slow facelift as old commercial buildings are toppled for stylish condo-style offices and ‘mixed-use’ buildings stacking restaurants, offices and homes on top of each other.
The beach cities’
scruffiest and arguably coziest town is in the process of a long, slow,
Nueva Hermosa, Part II
Nueva Hermosa, Part III
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