THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT of Pier 44 in Marina del Rey includes amenities such as boating retailer West Marine, which the applicant says will be considered a “flagship” store.

THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT of Pier 44 in Marina del Rey includes amenities such as boating retailer West Marine, which the applicant says will be considered a “flagship” store.

The Marina del Rey Design Control Board has supported in concept the proposed redevelopment of Pier 44, including a specialty market, boating retailer, restaurant, retail offerings and boater accommodations.
The property, which covers nearly 8.4 acres on land and 4.7 acres along the water, is located off Admiralty Way, between Mindanao and Bali ways in Marina del Rey. The site currently includes seven buildings housing boat brokers, boat maintenance and repair services, offices and restrooms.
Under the proposal, applicant Pacific Marina Ventures, LLC plans to demolish all existing buildings and construct new buildings that would accommodate most of the current uses.
Representatives of Pacific Marina Ventures told the Design Control Board that they hope to construct a site that will provide great services to boaters and local residents while attracting visitors from surrounding communities. While the plan calls for replacing existing functions catering to boaters’ needs, the redevelopment project will add a variety of services that will enhance boaters’ and visitors’ experience, the applicant says.
“Our proposed development plan for Pier 44 can certainly be called a ‘boaters’ paradise.’ The project has been designed to provide boaters the amenities and functions they require,” wrote Jack Hollander, project architect.
“We have maintained an architectural theme throughout the Pier 44 project that will welcome the community and be a wonderful environment for boaters and the local community.”
Among the goals of the development are to increase and improve view corridors, provide an improved and safer bicycle path, improve public access to the water, create an aesthetically pleasing promenade, provide pedestrian access from nearby streets to the site and design buildings complementary to the location on the Marina waterfront.
Key features of the redeveloped parcel will include a specialty market such as Trader Joe’s; boating retailer West Marine, which the applicant says will be considered a “flagship” store; boaters’ accommodations such as restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, community room and a boaters’ lounge; boat brokers offices; and retail spaces.
A two-story, 8,000-square foot restaurant building designed in a Spanish motif style is also proposed.
Other planned Parcel 44 features include a water taxi station, sewage pump-out facilities and water dinghy docks.

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