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*DJ Khaled voice* “Another one!” That’s what we imagine WS Communities said to the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board when they rolled up to the January 21st meeting at Civic Auditorium. Earlier in the month, the real estate development firm submitted its concept for a six-story apartment building at 1437 6th Street, currently a vacant lot that sits between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard. 

Rendering: WS Communities

The Architectural Review Board will now conduct a preliminary review of the proposed project, which calls for 11 market-rate apartments, 41 single-room occupancy units, approximately 1,920 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 72 bicycle parking spaces. As per the City’s settlement agreement with the developer, nine of the units must be reserved for low-income tenants.

The current renderings show a white stucco facade with recessed balconies that are painted lime green and accented with matching stacked tiles. There are plans for a rooftop deck with outdoor game tables, a built-in barbecue, picnic tables and a pergola for shade. The courtyard would feature moveable planters, decorative metal screening panels, and pavers with a punch of pattern.

Rendering: WS Communities

1437 6th Street is yet another partnership between WS Communities and KFA Architecture. It’s also the developer’s sixth mixed-use project to be put on the review fast-track — this is due to a settlement agreement regarding SROs that was reached by the City and WS Communities back in July 2019. 

While the proposed development won’t include any parking spaces for vehicles, it’s a stone’s throw from Vons, Starbucks, restaurants, fitness studios and more. Downtown Santa Monica station is a five-minute walk away and the ocean is only a few blocks further.

A report has been issued by the Architectural Review Board recommending a review of the design and an opportunity to provide feedback to the development team. There’s been no word yet on when a vote will be scheduled.

If all goes according to plan, soon there will be no vacancy in this vacant lot!

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