In 2012, after extensive public input, the City of Santa Monica began a search to find the right group to develop the City-owned property at 4th and Arizona. The Plaza at Santa Monica team was chosen for its innovative approach to the site, the abundant public benefits provided, and the captivating architectural design.
The City asked for a project that actively engages the community with open space and cultural amenities, is iconic in design, sustainable, and represents the very best in Santa Monica.
The elements of The Plaza work in harmony to create a full experience for visitors, tenants and especially Santa Monica residents.
World-class architecture and sustainability are the basis for The Plaza at Santa Monica’s groundbreaking design.
A Grand Plaza at 4th and Arizona anchors the over 50,000 square feet of public open space on the first and second levels and will serve as a central gathering space for downtown Santa Monica. Pocket parks along 4th and 5th Streets and a terrace overlooking the Grand Plaza provide multiple venues for community activities and interaction. Views from the publicly accessible upper terraces will be dramatic.
Designed to maximize natural light with interactive “mixing chambers,” The Plaza’s workspace will be well suited to welcome up and coming tech and media companies and others looking for cutting-edge creative workspace.
The ground floor retail space can accommodate a multitude of neighborhood-serving retail. Additionally, The Plaza’s specialty marketplace will offer space to local merchants selling artisanal foods, crafts, and services for area residents, allowing The Plaza to integrate into daily life.
The hotel at The Plaza at Santa Monica will be an ideal location for visitors and residents alike. The hotel will offer exquisite views, gardens, and the latest amenities and will generate millions of dollars in taxes that will go directly to the City.
The Plaza at Santa Monica will have an annual public programming budget of more than $800,000 which will be used for community activities such as winter ice skating. Additional activities being considered include outdoor musical performances, summertime movies, fitness and educational classes, theater, poetry, and outdoor markets.
The Plaza at Santa Monica will include 48 units of very low income affordable housing.
We are in discussions with the Zimmer Children’s Museum to occupy over 12,000 square feet of cultural space. The Zimmer is recognized as a cultural leader in children’s museum programming providing hands-on experiences and educational opportunities to engage and inspire.
The Plaza’s over 820 space parking garage will include approximately 200 new public parking spaces as well as parking to accommodate visitors and tenants of the building. Using cutting-edge parking management technology, additional public parking will be made available throughout the day.
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