The Los Angeles County Marina del Rey Design Control Board (DCB) approved the final design submittal for the Tahiti Marina and Apartments rehabilitation project at its Wednesday, Dec. 15 meeting.

The DCB had approved the conceptual design of the proposed project at its July 21 meeting. During that meeting, the board suggested a few changes to the project that are reflected in the current presentation regarding details of the marina walk transition with neighboring parcels; plans for gangway gates and balconies; additional podium views; and nighttime renderings.

The project is located at the eastern end of Tahiti Way at 13900 Tahiti Way, and the applicant anticipates completion of Department of Regional Planning permitting by the end of this month, after which the applicant will return to the Design Control Board for approval of the signage program.

The existing facility on Parcel 7 is comprised of a total of five land acres and about six acres of water area. As constructed in 1967, the existing apartment building contains 149 residential units on three floors over partially-subterranean parking. The various landside amenities include a pool, gym, sun deck, barbecue area and 465 parking spaces.

Tahiti Marina waterside amenities include 214 boat slips, nine end-tie spaces and nine gangway entrances. Each of the nine gangway access gates was approved by the DCB in Nov. 2009, according to county documentation.

The proposed improvements and design alterations include a new façade; new main entry features; boaters’ facilities, dock office and gym; a marina walk; renovation of parking, landscaping and lighting; interior improvements; and waterside improvements. The waterside improvements include upgrades to the electrical, lighting and water utility systems throughout the anchorage.

Complete anchorage replacement is expected to occur within 12 years following commencement of the apartment renovations, according to county documentation.

Peter Phinney, Design Control Board chair, commended the applicant, saying that the commission’s questions had all been answered and that “you heard us.”

There was no public comment, either on general subjects or the Tahiti Marina and Apartments project at the meeting.