The California Coastal Commission may not consider a review of the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Plan (LCP) until April or May, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors director Stan Wisniewski told the County Small Craft Harbor Commission last week.

A hearing on the periodic review of the Marina LCP had been tentatively postponed until January because coastal commission lead person Liz Fuchs’s family had been directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Fuchs said she had other obligations that kept her from preparing for the LCP hearing, Wisniewski advised the Small Craft Harbor Commission during its meeting Wednesday, December 14th, in Burton Chace Park.

FISHERMAN’S VILLAGE —During the commission meeting, an option for amending and restating a lease for Fisherman’s Village — located at 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey — to facilitate redevelopment was supported by the Small Craft Harbor Commission.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was scheduled to consider the Fisherman’s Village proposal this week.

The amended and restated lease would allow Gold Coast Village, LLC, an extension of its existing lease on the Fisherman’s Village parcel by 39 years.

Also being considered by the supervisors is a new agreement with Gold Coast for adjacent parcels that the county currently operates as parking lots for Fisherman’s Village.

There is currently 32,600 square feet of retail/restaurant buildings and a commercial marina with 31 slips on the parcel containing Fisherman’s Village.

A parking lot and a former fuel dock are on the two adjacent parcels that are being considered to be shifted to Gold Coast.

The Fisherman’s Village redevelopment project would involve:

n demolition of all existing landside and waterside improvements, except the iconic lighthouse, which is scheduled to be completely remodeled;

n construction of 126,250 square feet of new commercial buildings that would contain retail and restaurant uses and a 132-room hotel;

n a new concrete commercial marina containing a minimum of 30 slips on the three adjoining parcels; and

n approximately 900 parking spaces in subterranean, surface and structured parking.

The total rent derived from the Fisherman’s Village parcel during calendar year 2004 was approximately $488,000, according to Marina staff.

After construction, lease-up and stabilization of the new office, hotel and retail facilities, a county economic consultant has estimated that the total county rent would increase by approximately $922,000 to about $1,410,000 annually.

The redevelopment of Fisherman’s Village would promote significant open space, more spacious view corridors with a large center rotunda, boat ties and a water taxi stop, predicted Roger Moliere, County Beaches and Harbors Department Asset Management and Planning Bureau deputy director.

Approximately 14 to 18 months are required before all permits are received for demolition and construction, and Moliere estimated one and a half to two years for completion of the entire project, at a cost of approximately $40 million.

The architect on the Fisherman’s Village project is Jack Hollander of Jack Hollander and Associates in Beverly Hills.


DENIED — The Small Craft Harbor commissioners were told that a request from Marina developer Goldrich & Kest to the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission that the developer pay “in-lieu” fees rather than provide affordable housing for Capri Apartments at 13953 Panay Way was denied in late November.

Goldrich & Kest claimed the firm was not making enough money on the project as a reason for the firm to be allowed to substitute “in-lieu” fees instead of providing affordable housing at Capri Apartments.

Wisniewski said his department had strongly opposed the request and the Small Craft Harbor Commission had supported that opposition during their November meeting.

“Excellent news,” said Small Craft Harbor Commission chair Harley Searcy when he learned of the decision.

Under the state Mello Act, Goldrich & Kest is also required to offer affordable housing from a mix of apartment sizes not confined to one floor or one apartment size.

CRIME REPORT — Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Carriles of the Marina Sheriff’s Station told commissioners that there were no unusual spikes or trends in the rate of crime in the Marina.

But 11 transients were arrested for inhabiting an apartment construction site.

There were 32 felony charges against the transients, including parole violation, possession of weapons, burglary and narcotics, Furillo said.

ATTENDANCE CRITICIZED — During the public comment portion of the commission meeting, Hans Etter, a resident boater, asked why only three Small Craft Harbor Commission members regularly attended commission meetings and were the only ones to make decisions at commission meetings.

Searcy said that one member, Joe Crail, was absent for personal reasons, and that the other seat from the Third Supervisorial District of Zev Yaroslavsky had not yet been filled.

Etter asked if the commission members could complain to Yaroslavsky and Searcy said they had contacted Yaroslavsky about the vacancy and encouraged Etter to personally contact Yaroslav-sky’s office.