County Marina del Rey Design Control Board members denied conceptual approval last week for a proposed Marina Beach Residence Inn at Admiralty Way and Via Marina — citing inappropriate architectural design that the design board members say doesn’t meet the requirements of complementing Marina del Rey. Residence Inns are part of the Marriott chain.
“You have a tremendous responsibility to the Marina and the community with a project that is a focal point for providing a harbor view,” a Design Control Board member told the developer Thursday, September 15th.
A county request for proposal (RFP) for the proposed project 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 an intersection at 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 developer was asked to return to the Design Control Board either at the board’s October meeting or when a reworked design is completed.
The proposed Marriott Residence Inn development would have 147 suites — 20 two-bedroom 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.