As part of The Plaza at Santa Monica experience we are planning robust community programming and are seeking to engage residents in the process. With an annual programming budget of more than $800,000, we are considering many offerings including:
Ice skating during the winter season is an important Santa Monica tradition and it will continue as part of The Plaza at Santa Monica with an 8,000 square foot built-in ice skating rink that is part of the project’s design.
The proposed project will include approximately 200 public spaces. In addition, up to 250 additional spaces will be available on a shared basis.
Yes, the City of Santa Monica owns the property at 4th and Arizona and four years ago the City began a public visioning process for what could be done at the site. The Plaza at Santa Monica project was selected because of its unique, engaging and green design, its ample open space and its maximized community benefits.
The Plaza at Santa Monica varies in height and is 19’ tall next to the plaza space along Arizona and steps up to 129’ in the middle of the block along 4th and 5th Streets (between Arizona Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.)
The total size of the project is approximately 357,000 square feet.
The ground floor will include retail, a specialty marketplace, and the Zimmer Children’s Museum. The next 3 levels will be primarily creative workspace. Above this will be Very Low Income affordable housing and smaller creative workspaces. The top five floors will be a boutique hotel.
Given the location of the building in the heart of downtown and the extensive amount of public open space included in the design, we felt it was necessary to have a mix of uses that would keep The Plaza at Santa Monica engaging each and every day. We put retail uses, including a marketplace and cafes, and a children’s museum on the ground floor to bring foot traffic to the plaza and pocket parks. The workspace uses above will generate daytime activity while the hotel will bring people to the project in the evenings and on weekends. The affordable housing will complement the other uses. The programming for the public open space throughout the day will invite the local community to come to The Plaza.
One of the most unique elements of The Plaza at Santa Monica is the amount of open space created within the design of The Plaza. Through the innovative design of layered urban parks, we are creating more than 125,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space.
The Plaza at Santa Monica is proud that the project is estimated to create approximately 2,900 full and part-time jobs during construction and many more jobs including over 150 full-time union jobs upon completion.
Most of The Plaza at Santa Monica project components, including the hotel, neighborhood retail and cafes, and affordable housing are relatively low trip generators. Moreover, the project is committed to maximizing transit and is a short walk to the Expo Line, is well served by the Big Blue Bus, and will include ample bicycle parking and a bike center. The Plaza will also implement a robust Traffic Demand Management Program and will be thoroughly analyzed as part of the City’s EIR to identify any potential impacts and mitigations.
The Plaza at Santa Monica is committed to supporting bike riders and will feature a bicycle center, bike share options, and direct access to the bike path mid-block from Fourth to Fifth Streets to make riding to and from The Plaza an easy option.
The Plaza at Santa Monica will feature innovative water recycling, co-generation, and other energy saving technologies. The design of the building allows natural light and air to penetrate every level and gives occupants access to the outdoor environment no matter what level they are on.
We are excited about the prospect of having theaters across Fourth Street that will replace the theaters that are closing on the Promenade. Theater goers will activate the public plaza and cafes in the evenings and on weekends and will use our garage when parking demand is lowest.
Downtown’s location atop the bluffs along PCH means it is well above sea level. The water table is below the deepest part of the garage so we do not expect to encounter water when the garage is built.
We don’t know how many, if any of the proposed hotels will be approved and built downtown. But even if they are, our studies indicate that the demand is there for the number of new hotels that are being considered.
The Plaza at Santa Monica has an Floor Area Ratio, or density, of 3.19/1.00.
Beiderman Redevelopment Ventures, our open space management consultants, will be conducting a series of workshops to get input on the public open space program. When the workshops are scheduled, the dates and locations will be available on our website. Please join us at these workshops.