The Marina del Rey Design Control Board continued consideration of a proposed renovation project for the Bay Club Apartments and Marina in Marina del Rey to its next meeting, in August, citing a need by the applicant to “step way back” and consider a variety of issues relating to the “language of the architecture” of the project.

The Design Control Board met Thursday, July 17th, at the Burton Chace Park Community Building in Marina del Rey.

The project applicant, NF Marina, LP bought the Bay Club and Marina, 14015 Tahiti Way, in October 2005. The property is managed by Decron Properties.

Design Control Board chair Susan Cloke and members Peter Phinney, Simon Pastucha, David Abelar and Tony Wong unanimously agreed that the proposed renovation project applicants needed a renewed look at the proposed architecture, and to consider “celebrating the length of the buildings rather than trying to disguise them and therefore drawing more attention to them.”

The applicant’s representatives said they would make some architectural changes and come back to the Design Control Board in late August to “make sure they’re on the right track.”

The project applicant was commended by both commission members and public speakers for renovating the existing development rather than demolishing it.

The existing development is approximately 11.5 acres with 4.5 acres of land area and seven acres of water area.

There are two linear, three-story apartment structures with 204 residential units (102 units in each building) constructed over an open-air at-grade parking garage, a central two-story clubhouse (with one penthouse apartment on a part of the second floor of the clubhouse) with an adjacent pool on the marina side, and an anchorage with 230 boat slips and 11 end ties.

Approximately 30 percent of the docks require replacement due to deterioration, and none of them meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBAW) standards, according to the applicant.

Meeting ADA standards will reduce the number of boat slips from 230 to 207, but the 11 end ties will remain.