Category: Marina Del Rey

Trader Joe’s is Heading to the Marina

By Gary Walker After months of stop and go negotiations, grocery store chain Trader Joe’s has confirmed that they will be part of the new boating and commercial complex Pier 44 in Marina del Rey. “The store will be located at 4575 Admiralty Way and will have an approximately 10,800 square-foot sales floor,” confirmed Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Rachel Broderick to The Argonaut on Dec. 19. Broderick did not offer any additional details about the new store, seen as the linchpin of the soon- to -be revitalized 13-acre parcel at the corner of Admiralty and Mindanao ways. Pacific Marine Ventures...

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Mariners Village is Spared from the Wrecking Ball

Deal brokered by Hahn secures nearly 200 units of affordable housing By Gary Walker When Mary Hobgood stopped teaching and moved to Marina del Rey three years ago, the 23 verdant acres and scenic harbor views of the 1960s-built Mariners Village housing complex appeared to her the ideal place to retire. Then the rent went up. “Marina del Rey was the place of my dreams, but soon I wasn’t going to be able to afford to live here,” she said. Meanwhile, the threat of displacement loomed for even the most financially secure of Hobgood’s neighbors. Since 2014, the 981-unit...

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Marina Trader Joe’s – Is it for Real?

No one will confirm plans for Pier 44, but the popular specialty grocer is seeking a liquor license By Gary Walker Plans to include a waterfront Trader Joe’s with an outdoor dining patio, dedicated boat slips and adjacent water taxi stop in the impending redevelopment of Pier 44 was the talk of Marina del Rey in 2015. But ever since the Pier 44 project overcame a final challenge before the California Coastal Commission in June 2016, neither the project’s developer nor Trader Joe’s has said a word about it. The truth may come out Tuesday, however, when the Los...

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Battle for the Berm

Wetlands dispute dampens plans for auto dealer parking lot alongside the 90 freeway By Gary Walker Complications to Marina del Rey Toyota’s plans for a 390-space parking lot on the narrow, unkempt strip of land that separates the eastbound Marina (90) Freeway from the La Villa Marina condos come down to a single word: wetlands. John Kilbane, a Santa Monica-based architect for NOARUS Auto Group CEO Morris Bishton, has argued publicly that “no wetlands exist” at the location where the auto dealer wants to build the lot. However, representatives of the California Coastal Commission — the body empowered with...

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Marina ‘Bitcoin Maven’ is Headed to Federal Prison

A Marina del Rey woman who went by the name “Bitcoin Maven” on a web platform arranging digital currency transactions has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to money laundering and running an unlicensed currency exchange business, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Theresa Lynn Tetley, a 50-year-old former stockbroker and real estate investor, oversaw transactions valued as much as $9.5 million, one of which facilitated money laundering for a man who’s been charged with selling large amounts of marijuana, cocaine and oxycodone on the dark web. The IRS and DEA busted Tetley with...

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