Beginning Thursday, April 27th, the Marina del Rey Design Control Board will conduct evening meetings starting at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of even-numbered months, said control board chair Susan Cloke.

The evening meetings have been scheduled because of high attendance at recent special evening meetings to discuss proposed new projects in Marina del Rey, said Cloke.

Cloke announced the night meeting schedule Thursday, March 16th, at the regular Design Control Board meeting at Burton Chace Park Community Building, Marina del Rey.

Upcoming night meetings, all to be held at 6:30 p.m., are:

– Thursday, April 27th;

– Thursday, June 29th;

– Thursday, August 31st, and

– Thursday, October 26th.

No meeting will take place in December, said Cloke.

CONCEPTUAL APPROVAL — In new business, the Design Control Board recommended conceptual approval for the renovation of the apartment communities The Tides on Tahiti Way and Waters Edge on Bora Bora Way in the Marina.

A renewed appearance will be achieved at The Tides by replacing all existing apartment windows and glass sliding doors with new insulated glazing systems, according to a Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors staff report. Other changes include:

— The existing vertical metal picket railing will be replaced with new nautically-inspired horizontal stainless steel cable railing on all of the private decks, and a new color scheme with bursts of festive colored awnings.

— The Waters Edge’s building character and massing is described in documents as “a large, unadorned box,” and renovation will include embellishing the exterior facades by adding new shapes and a new, richer color and materials palette to create a more focused and site-specific Marina design solution.

— The applicant, E&S Ring, proposes replacement of the existing horizontal windows with new proportioned, insulated windows, consisting of a significantly larger glass area to allow more daylight into the apartments and to create better external views.

— The building elevations that directly face Basin A will incorporate new metal trellises in several configurations, and new three-story ironwood-clad pop-out elements will contain new square window cutouts.

— All of the existing wood deck railings will be replaced with new nautically-inspired horizontal stainless steel cable railing.

— A more inviting pedestrian environment along Bora Bora Way will be created by redesigning building flow to exit the apartment buildings at the podium level, instead of through underground garages, and the use of glass panels at the podium edges and the replacement of existing eucalyptus trees will reestablish existing view corridors for residents.

— Apartment and boater guest parking will remain along Bora Bora Way, while additional resident and boater-assigned parking will continue to be located under the buildings.

— A new public viewing park will have approximately 19,000 square feet, opening up views to the water, and will include a water feature with a dolphin sculpture and seat walls.

— More than 300 new trees will be planted in the landscaping theme, and some older trees will have to be removed because of damage to the structure and to facilitate new construction, according to county staff documents.

The trees to be removed have been evaluated by a certified arborist and a biologist to ensure that there are no active migratory bird nests present, said the landscape architect.

— The Bora Bora Way pool area located on the podia over the garage structures along Bora Bora Way will be completely transformed.

With the exception of the pools and spa, the entire pool area will be removed, including existing planters and topping slab, to allow for garage roof waterproofing, and when repairs to the structural slab are completed, new planters and topping slab will be installed to create new outdoor areas for the tenant use.

— All courtyards will feature an increase in landscaping compared with the heavily paved existing courtyards, and all will be upgraded to full accessibility standards.

NEW COUNTY BUILDING — In old business, the board continued to hear a presentation by county staff regarding the proposed new county administration building and parking facilities, but continued the process to the April meeting without making a recommendation for conceptual approval.