The Los Angeles County Marina Design Control Board gave conceptual approval to begin the process for a coastal development permit for redevelopment of Del Rey Shores in Marina del Rey at its meeting Thursday, January 20th.

Del Rey Shores comprises 8.31 acres and is situated between Via Marina and Via Dolce, just north of Marquesas Way.

The proposed redevelopment project calls for the demolition of the existing 202-unit, two-story, garden-style apartment complex, and the development of a 544-unit apartment complex, according to county staff.

The redevelopment would have 12 five-story wood-frame structures over two levels of subterranean and above-grade concrete parking structure. It meets the Marina Local Coastal Plan requirements, said county staff.

The project also includes a 98,000-square-foot internal landscaped “courtyard,” designed to provide decorative and usable open space for residents.

There would be five types of one- and two-bedroom units, includng 154 754-square-foot one-bedroom units; 65 900-square-foot one-bedroom units; and 115 1,250-square-foot two-bedroom units.

Proposed apartment amenities include washer/dryers, and personal storage as well as additional storage in the garage.

Amenities in the common areas of the courtyard and clubhouse would include a lap pool, a recreational pool, spas, fire pits, a communal kitchen, social spaces and a fitness center.

There would be 1,114 parking spaces, 28 more than required by regulations.

OTHER BUSINESS — In other new business, Marina Waterside was given approval to continue using “Open During Construction” banners for the next three months, at which time the applicants will have to return to show the banners have been maintained to receive approval for another three months.

— Approval was given for a building identification sign for Randall Burg Yacht Brokerage at Pier 44.

— In old business, an update was given by county staff about the Woodfin Suites and Vacation Ownership proposed development.

County staff said the soil testing — paid for by the developer — concerning a possible wetland on that site had been completed, and that a report would be issued in the near future.

— Approval was given for a revised curb treatment program, as well as mole road signs and way finding improvements in the Marina.

During public comments, David De Lange, vice president of the Coalition to Save the Marina, suggested holding off approval on the Del Rey Shores development until a final review of the Marina Local Coastal Plan has been issued by the California Coastal Commission.

De Lange claimed that the Del Rey Shores project might not meet legal requirements if the coastal plan is revised.

Another meeting attendee asked if Del Rey Shores would have handicapped accessible apartments, ramps and railings.

He also asked if play areas and equipment for children would be provided.

Also during public comment, a man said he had taken photos of the proposed Woodfin Suites site during recent heavy rains, and that a number of birds were seen, including some species that had not previously been seen in the area. He suggested that the site be turned into a park and a wetland site.

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