The Los Angeles County Marina del Rey Design Control Board appointed its officers for the coming year July 20 and recommended approval of a final design review for the Marina International Hotel.

The Design Control Board voted to elect Peter Phinney as its chair for a second term and Helena Jubany as vice chair for a second term at its meeting at Burton Chace Park.

Other board actions included recommended signage approval for one parcel and new washer/dryer enclosures for another parcel.

The Marina International Hotel (Parcel 145, 4200 Admiralty Way) received a final design review approval recommendation for its renovation. A representative for the applicant told the design board that the clock tower will remain onsite and will be renovated to match the restaurant and hotel, which will be renamed the Hilton Garden Inn.

The Tahiti Marina (Parcel 7, easterly terminus at 13900 Tahiti Way) is undergoing renovation, and two previously existing sewer manholes were discovered between two trees.

Phinney said the preference of the committee is to keep the trees and slightly relocate them rather than removing them. He said that a design exists for the property, and the integrity of that design should be maintained.

Board member Simon Pastucha asked that a representative from the Department of Public Works attend the next meeting to discuss what that department considers “generic problems” in an effort to avoid any future issues with other developments that might encounter a similar problem.

Public Works had also suggested removing concrete bollards planned for the development because of difficulty in moving them during sewer service.

Paul Wong of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors Planning Department said he would contact Public Works to discuss the situation and request that they attend the next commission meeting.

Jubany said that future applicants would need to coordinate more with the public agency and that Public Works should receive guidelines ahead of time. Wong said the sewer easement is six feet rather than 10 feet, and he pointed out that the engineer of record had been Tony Wong, now a commission member.

The Design Control Board additionally recommended approval of signage for Killer Shrimp. The restaurant, formerly located on Washington Boulevard, will be relocated to the former Organic Panificio/Edie’s Diner/Harbor House location on Admiralty Way. The parcel is also slated to be the site of The Waterfront, a proposed mixed-use property.

Marina Harbor (Parcels 111/112, 4500 Via Marina) received a recommendation of approval for the addition of laundry closets to the existing residential buildings – only parcel 112 would be affected – by utilizing existing balcony space for the stacked washers and dryers, with vents to the outside.

The applicant, Marina Pacific Associates, LLC, stated that power would be supplied from a common area source, rather than having to upgrade each of the units, making the project more cost effective.

Each of the 600 units would be able to access the laundry closets from their balconies. It is not considered an expansion of usage because the balconies are not considered habitable space, the applicant’s representative said in response to a question from Phinney.

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