The Santa Monica City Council has approved a design to implement a variety of “green” improvements along a nine-block stretch of Ocean Park Boulevard.

The City Council voted Tuesday, April 27th to approve the integrated design for the Ocean Park Boulevard “Complete Green Street” project and approve the use of approximately $1.4 million in Proposition 1B, or transportation bond, funding for the project. The council additionally authorized the city manager to execute a $450,000 contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for the remaining schematic design.

The proposed green street project covers Ocean Park Boulevard between Lincoln Boulevard and Neilson Way, including over 6,000 linear feet of pedestrian sidewalks, as well as the Fourth Street overpass and several pocket parks. Under the proposed project, various improvements would be implemented to create an enhanced streetscape environment that serves to infiltrate significant volumes of urban runoff, city staff said.

Among the primary features of the green street design are sidewalk curb extensions, landscaped center medians, new crosswalks, six-foot-wide bicycle lanes, new trees and pedestrian lighting and relocated Big Blue Bus stops on the Fourth Street overpass.

City staff said the project reflects the city’s sustainability goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, prioritizing non-motorized travel and increasing the size of the urban forest in the area. A green street is identified as one that is pedestrian-oriented, landscaped, conserves water and reduces urban runoff, and provides for all modes of travel.

Staff said they gathered input for the design through an extensive public outreach process involving neighborhood residents, businesses, school representatives and bicycle advocates.