After conducting an initial study for the Fisherman’s Village redevelopment project on Fiji Way in Marina del Rey, the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Department has determined that an EIR (environmental impact report) is necessary and has scheduled a public scoping meeting from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 18th, at the Courtyard by Marriott at 13480 Max- ella Ave. in the Marina area.
A formal presentation will be made first regarding the environmental review process for the proposed subject, after which public input will be taken regarding the environmental analyses and alternatives that the public believes should be incorporated in the environmental impact report, according to county documentation.
The proposed project requires a coastal development permit, a coastal approval in concept review (for the new marina), a conditional use permit, a parking permit and a variance (for reductions in required yards to allow buildings to span abutting parcels, but no amendments to the certified Marina del Rey Local Coastal Program (LCP) are required, according to county documentation.
The applicant — Gold Coast Village, LLC — proposes the demolition of all existing landside and waterside improvements at the Fisherman’s Village development, with the exception of the existing lighthouse structure, which would be retained and refurbished.
The planned new landside development would consist of ten buildings containing an assortment of restaurant, retail, hotel and ferry terminal uses, as well as the provision of expansive public open spaces, including a grand entry promenade, a 28-foot-wide waterfront pedestrian promenade, two waterfront public plazas and an outdoor children’s play area.
The proposed new restaurant, retail and ferry terminal uses would comprise approximately 66,750 square feet of floor area (a net increase of approximately 34,150 square feet over building area), according to county officials.
Additionally, the project would include development of a 132-room “boutique” hotel with an accessory restaurant/lounge and sundry shop. The hotel would not contain a pool or conference or meeting rooms.
The hotel guest rooms would be located in three stories above ground floor retail and accessory restaurant use.
The project also includes the demolition of the existing Fisherman’s Village commercial anchorage and long-vacated adjacent dock. Subsequent to the demolition, the applicant proposes to construct a new commercial anchorage compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements on the waterside portions of the two parcels, containing approximately 1,905 lineal feet of dock space, 32 commercial boat slips, transient slips/ dinghy dock facilities and boat rental facilities.
Approximately 1,012 parking spaces would be provided on-site in the new project — approximately 59 on-grade spaces, 386 parking spaces within a partial subterranean and above-grade parking structure to be located on the southerly portion of the site and 567 parking spaces within a valet-serviced subterranean parking garage located on the northerly portion of the project site.
Written responses to the Notice of Preparation that has been distributed can be provided at the October 18th meeting.
Responses are accepted through 5 p.m. Thursday, November 1st, and can be sent to Rick Kuo, County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning, Impact Analysis Section, 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012-3225.
The following libraries will also have information available:
Lloyd W. Taber Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey;
Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library, 7114 Manchester Ave., Westchester;
Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City; and
Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice.