Controversy about two parcels leased to Goldrich & Kest in Marina del Rey continues as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved amended lease agreements at its July 15th meeting.

The joint draft EIR (environmental impact report) for these two projects is scheduled for release this winter, according to county documentation.

Board of Supervisors actions and public comment were discussed at the meeting Wednesday, August 13th, of the Small Craft Harbor Commission at the Burton Chace Park Community Building in Marina del Rey.

According to Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors documentation dated August 7th, the Board of Supervisors “approved a lease amendment relating to the use and development of a portion of Parcel 20 (at Panay Way and Via Marina).

“Specifically, the lease amendment entitles the county to reserve a portion of Parcel 20 — which is next to Parcel 21, the Goldrich & Kest parcel — as a potential site for the Department of Beaches and Harbors’ new administration building, while also protecting the yacht club currently located on-site pending a decision about its possible relocation.”

The Board of Supervisors also approved on July 15th “an option granting to MDR Oceana, LLC the right to lease Marina del Rey Parcel OT (Admiralty Courts) for 60 years for development of a mixed-use seniors-only retirement residence facility.”

In addition, the Board of Supervisors “approved an option granting Goldrich & Kest the right to extend its lease to facilitate the redevelopment of Parcel 21 (next to Parcel 20) with a new commercial building, to contain replacement space for all existing Parcel 21 land uses, as well as for the Parcel 20 yacht club and office uses; an attached parking structure for the on-site uses, as well as for Parcel 20 for boater uses and as replacement parking for 94 of the existing public parking spaces on Parcel OT; and a new anchorage of 92 slips, down from 182 slips.”

Speakers during public comment at the meeting alleged that the lessee has a long history of not playing by the rules and that the Board of Supervisors was ignoring that fact and rewarding the lessee with these amended leases.

One speaker cited a Capri Apartments incident in which Goldrich & Kest had allegedly been overcharging low-income residents in affordable housing apartments for over a year, and not providing a lease to these individuals.

Subsequently, Goldrich & Kest sent restitution checks to these tenants after approximately 19 months, but had not sent them leases until after county counsel had again met with the lessee.

The speaker also complained that an existing Goldrich & Kest development, the Monte Carlo Apartments, opened the apartments to individuals age 55 and over to rent, alleging that there is a signed restriction mandating that only individuals age 62 and over are eligible to rent.

Los Angeles county counsel Tom Faughnan said he had no information on that allegation and would check it out.

Another speaker then discussed the public scoping meeting for the two Goldrich & Kest projects that received approval in July, and said the public notice for the meeting was “practically non-existent,” and that fewer than ten people attended it on August 9th last year at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Villa Marina Marketplace.

The two projects are the Admiralty Courts Oceana Retirement Facility (Parcel OT) proposed for 4220 Admiralty Way, and reconfiguration and remodeling of the Holiday Harbor Courts (Parcel 21) at 14025 Panay Way in Marina del Rey.

These two projects would require conditional use permits, coastal development permits, parking permits and amendments to the Marina del Rey Specific Plan for the transfer of development potential between three separate parcels (OT, 20 and 21).

The Admiralty Courts Oceana Retirement Facility would be on a 2.10-acre site, consisting of a six-floor, 114-unit retirement facility, which would house an estimated population of 145 residents (assuming a 90 percent occupancy rate at any time).

The facility would include retail space, a lobby, two lounges, two card rooms, a chapel, administration and reception offices, a dining room, a library, an arts and crafts room, laundry facilities, a trash and mail room, a kitchen, a beauty salon and on-site parking.

The Holiday Harbor Courts is a 2.55-acre site and the proposed project would replace an existing on-site marine commercial office, a health club and retail uses with a new five-floor structure housing a marine commercial office, a health club, a yacht club and retail uses, as well as a public park plaza, a promenade and on-site parking.

Other public comment concerned the issue of “unlawful detainer” actions that had been discussed at a previous meeting, when local residents said boaters were being evicted without reasonable cause, and Small Craft Harbor Commission chair Russ Lesser had asked for a report from the Marina Lessees Association to follow up the allegations.

Tim Riley, executive director of the Marina del Rey Lessees Association, said he had followed up with lessees in a number of the marinas for the month of June and that the ones who responded said non-payment of rents and a violation by a “sneak-aboard” liveaboard who didn’t have a permit were the only actionable items.

Jon Nahhas, a local resident, said he and others had been requesting the data for one year, since rents increased significantly in May last year, and that getting information for one month at this late date defeated the purpose.

Small Craft Harbor Commission member Albert DeBlanc, Jr., an attorney, said Nahhas had a valid point, that this information was just a snapshot, and that 15 months had elapsed since the increases had occurred.

Lesser asked Riley to request the same information from Mariners Bay for a one-year period and to present that information at an upcoming meeting.

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