Ballona Institute Appeals Marina Hotel Project

Posted August 19, 2015 by The Argonaut in News
A Playa del Rey environmental group has appealed the L.A. County Regional Planning Commission’s unanimous July 22 decision to approve a new hotel complex in Marina del Rey, claiming the project received a “haphazard environmental review.”

The Hardage Group aims to build a five-story Marriott Courtyard Hotel and a six-story Residence Inn on Via Marina between Marquesas and Tahiti ways. The footprint would include a parking lot, restaurant, bar, outdoor pedestrian promenade, public anchorage, water taxi shelter and a 1.46-acre wetland park.

Ballona Institute leaders Marcia Hansom and Roy van de Hoek filed the appeal on Aug. 5, which is expected to prompt a hearing before the county Board of Supervisors sometime in the next 30 days.

Appeal documents claim the project’s environmental review was pushed through by Supervisor Don Knabe and “is the poster child for piecemealing” — a term for illegally approving a series of projects on an incremental basis to minimize perceived impacts.

Knabe’s first chance to vote on the project would be during the appeal.

Aaron Clark, a land use attorney who represents the Hardage Group, dismissed the Ballona Institute’s claims.

“We have reviewed the appeal and believe it to be entirely without merit … [and] look forward to an expeditious appeal hearing before the board,” Clark said.

— Gary Walker


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