The Marina del Rey Design Control Board recommended approval for two business signage requests and received a briefing on Marina del Rey street median landscape concepts at its March 21 meeting at Burton Chace Park.
Sirinan Massage at the Marina Beach Shopping Center on Washington Boulevard received an approval recommendation for new business identification signage. In addition, Kevin Michaels, owner of Killer Shrimp restaurant, received an approval recommendation of signage for Killer Caf/, formerly Edie’s Diner.
Killer Shrimp occupies the former Harbor House/Organic Panificio restaurant at 4211 Admiralty Way. The caf/ will serve breakfast from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., said Michaels.
The control board also heard a report on the proposed Marina del Rey roadway landscape improvements along Fiji Way, Admiralty Way, Via Marina and all mole roads. County representatives said that the Department of Public Works is planning intersection improvement projects that include modifying street medians and replacing landscaping.
The Department of Beaches and Harbors is also considering replacement of landscaping for the remainder of the medians located outside of the project limits.
Beaches and Harbors has examined the health of the mole road trees and determined that certain trees need replacing because of declining health or damage being caused to the street by their roots, officials said. Beaches and Harbors and Public Works have established a plant palette consistent with their roadway requirements and the county’s green building ordinance, a department spokesperson said.
Expanded use of drought-tolerant plants is included in the plan, and all trees that are recommended for removal will be replaced.
Types of existing trees within the mole roads include Natal Coral trees, Rustyleaf Fig, Cajeput, New Zealand Christmas, and Mexican fan palm.
Mindanao Way has a total of 24 median trees. Three of 22 Cajeput trees are recommended for removal;
Bali Way has a total of 18 median trees. Eight of 17 Cajeput are recommended for removal;
Palawan Way has 43 median trees, which are all Cajeput, and nine are recommended for removal;
Panay Way has 35 median trees. Sixteen of 33 Cajeput are recommended for removal;
Marquesas Way has 42 median trees. Eleven of 39 Cajeput trees are recommended for removal; and
Tahiti Way has 50 median trees. Three New Zealand Christmas trees and one Mexican fan palm are recommended for removal.
County staff said that together with Public Works, they are looking into repairing street median and perimeter landscape areas throughout Fiji Way, Admiralty Way and Via Marina. While additional inspection of landscape areas within the three main streets may be necessary to assess the health status of existing trees, a new replacement landscape palette also needs to be considered by the board. Future planting and replacement trees will consist of native, evergreen and salt-tolerant species, such as California Buckeye, Australian Willow and Catalina Cherry species.
Peter Phinney, chair of the Design Control Board, said he and fellow members agree to capitalize on the maturity of the Marina landscaping, and cautioned against removing more landscaping than necessary. He asked about tree pruning, but was told that the roots would continue to do damage to the street and medians.
Phinney also noted that the median tree replacement and repair of sinking roadways by the use of impervious concrete sounded like two different projects. He was told that the use of water for landscaping with impervious concrete wasn’t an option due to resettlement, and that hardscaping would be used in that instance.
Phinney recommended that a second presentation be given to Simon Pastucha, an absent board member, saying he is the most well-versed on landscaping. Phinney said he and vice chair Helena Jubany would participate in such a meeting. Charlotte Miyamoto of the county’s planning department said she would coordinate the meeting.
The board chair told county staff that there is an aesthetic potential in these projects, and recommended that a special commission of experts be established to determine the spending on these projects, to devote between five and 10 percent to aesthetic concerns. Maximizing the funds to create a more vibrant destination for tourists would be a key component for the Marina, he said.