After contentious public comment from opponents and proponents of the Holiday Harbor redevelopment project in Marina del Rey, Small Craft Harbor Commission members voted unanimously to approve a recommendation for an amended and restated lease option for 39 years for redevelopment of the parcel by lessee Goldrich & Kest.

Commissioner Al Landini, Jr. said that even though the California Coastal Commission’s findings at a Marina del Rey Local Coastal Program review meeting stated that boat slips in the Marina should not be eliminated, this project still needs coastal commission approval and if the coastal commission decides to reinforce its finding, it will disallow the lessee of Holiday Harbor to remove any boat slips proposed in the redevelopment project.

The meeting, held Wednesday, March 12th, in the Burton Chace Park Community Building in Marina del Rey, was the first meeting for Albert DeBlanc, Jr. since he was appointed to the commission by Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, who represents the Second District.

According to county documentation, Goldrich & Kest Industries has an affiliate that is the prospective lessee of a parcel that would encompass a 114-unit senior care facility with public access way from Washington Boulevard and Admiralty Way.

As part of this parcel’s development plan, a portion of the required replacement public parking is to be in a parking garage to be constructed on the Holiday Harbor parcel.

In addition, the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors wants to reacquire a portion of the Holiday Harbor parcel to expand a county-owned public parking lot serving Marina Beach, and an agreement was negotiated with Goldrich & Kest for the redevelopment of the Holiday Harbor parcel.

A Marina del Rey Local Coastal Program (LCP) amendment is required to allow the proposed use, as well as a parking permit for the senior care facility and a parking permit to allow some replacement of public parking off-site, according to county documentation.

The Holiday Harbor Courts, proposed for two phases, would consist of:

— Phase I, a five-story, 29,300-square-foot mixed-use building (health club, yacht club, retail and marine office); an 87-slip marina; and a 28-foot-wide waterfront promenade and pedestrian plaza.

— Phase II would have the westernmost portion of the land revert to the county for public parking.

Massing of the project is one 56-foot-high commercial building with a view corridor, and all parking for the project is required to be located on-site, including 94 replacement slips from a public parking parcel and a boater parking parcel.

Two coastal development permits are required for this project — one for the landside development from the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning and the other from the California Coastal Commission for the waterside development.

The coastal development permit from regional planning is for the Phase II transfer of a 6,025-square-foot yacht club, 2,300 square feet of office space and 231 parking spaces to the Holiday Harbor parcel.

In other business, Ron Hoffman from the county Department of Regional Planning told the audience that his department would hold a public meeting after the California Coastal Commission has taken final action on their findings and recommendations and presented that information to the county for review, which the county has one year to implement.

Hoffman had addressed the California Coastal Commission during its Marina del Rey Local Coastal Program review, which drew over 300 attendees and over 90 speakers, and coastal commission member William Burke took Hoffman severely to task for not holding public meetings prior to the LCP review, telling Hoffman that Supervisor Don Knabe (who represents the Fourth District which includes Marina del Rey) had told Burke a public meeting would be held prior to the coastal commission meeting.

During public comment, David DeLange told the Small Craft Harbor Commission that the reason the community asked for public comment prior to the LCP review was to submit input, so that when the findings are released, everything would be complete, with only the implementation by the county remaining. DeLange pointed out that “the devil is in the details,” and that community members want access to the county officials to influence those details “before they got watered down.”

David Barish told the commission that the community wants to see a detailed project development status sheet from the Department of Regional Planning similar to the one the Department of Beaches and Harbors provides.

Opponents to the Holiday Harbor project said that the project takes away small boat slips from local boaters and that it is built on unkept promises made on other parcels by the same developer.

The lack of a master plan for development in Marina del Rey, piece-mealing of projects and the loss of small boat slips were again cited by project opponents.

Proponents of the Holiday Harbor project also came out in force, claiming that larger boat slips are necessary in Marina del Rey and that many owners of larger boats can’t obtain 40-to-50-foot slips.

A yacht salesman said he has had to turn down business because of the lack of larger slips in the Marina.

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