A night meeting of the County Marina del Rey Design Control Board concerning the county’s proposed Marina Beach Strategy Plan will be held in late January.
Marina director Stan Wisniewski told the board members that a night meeting of the design board would allow more members of the public to comment on the plan to redo the beach area, called Mothers Beach.
The date and time of the night meeting will be announced after confirmations from all design board members and the consultant, T. Keith Gurnee of RRM Design Group, which is developing the strategic plan, Wisniewski told design board members at their meeting Thursday, November 17th, in the Burton Chace Park Community Building.
RESIDENCE INN DENIED AGAIN — The design board also denied conceptual approval for a second time for a proposed Marina Beach Residence Inn planned on a county parking lot at Admiralty Way and Via Marina adjacent to Mothers Beach.
The board members requested a view analysis of the project.
The board members want to know how the hotel will look from the beach. The board members said they want the hotel to be attractive to the public on the beach.
Residence Inns are part of the Marriott chain. The applicant was given a three-month continuance to return with the requested view analysis report.
Design control board members had denied conceptual approval at a meeting Thursday, September 15th, claiming the architectural design plans presented were inappropriate and didn’t meet the requirement of complementing Marina del Rey.
Design control board chair Susan Cloke said the analysis “must be done at this stage” to ensure public access to the beach and availability of amenities such as kayaking or beach chair rentals for public beach use.
The applicant had offered two hotel designs — Contemporary and Mediterranean.
A county request for proposal (RFP) for the proposed project that the Residence Inn proposal is based on requires that open space be provided on the central portion of the parcel to provide an enhanced view corridor and pedestrian promenade connections to and along adjacent parcels, also to be developed.
The applicant is required to provide a public pedestrian path along the view corridor area connecting the beach to the intersection of Via Marina and Admiralty Way.
With the proposed widening and realignment of Admiralty Way, approximately 20,000 square feet on the western side of the parcel is required to be dedicated for road purposes, the county RFP says.
Together, the road dedication and pedestrian plaza significantly reduce the developable land area by one-third, from 105,700 square feet to 70,400 square feet, the county RFP states.
The proposed Marriott Residence Inn development would have 147 suites — 20 two-bedroom suites and 127 one-bedroom suites — to be operated as an extended-stay hotel.
The building height is proposed to be 45 feet, with four to five stories.
An 80-foot-wide view corridor from the proposed realigned intersection of Admiralty Way and Via Marina is required to provide a view from the street to Marina (Mothers) Beach and down Basin D, according to the RFP.