Rendering: William Adams Architect

In two years’ time, the mixed-use development proposed for 1427 Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica has evolved from a single-lot project with 15 residential units and 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail into a two-lot project with 30 residential units and 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. 

The developer, Westside Partners, purchased the adjacent lot at 1431 Lincoln Boulevard in order to expand the scope of the project. The 15,000-square-foot site is currently occupied by two vacant commercial buildings, which would be razed to make way for the new mixed-use development.

New renderings of the proposed project were made public during a recent virtual meeting of the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board on March 15th. The latest design iteration is a U-shaped, five-story building with a 30-space subterranean parking garage. 

Rendering: William Adams Architect

An open courtyard fronting onto Lincoln Boulevard would create “areas dedicated to outdoor space, outdoor dining and short-term bicycle parking,” explains the Architectural Review Board report. A three-story floating volume is depicted above the courtyard, which the Review Board thought was “a great idea,” although they suggested that it be reshaped to welcome in more natural light.

On the ground floor, a 1,905-square-foot space would be dedicated to retail, while the other 2,583-square-foot space would be for restaurant use, complete with an outdoor dining area. Although there are no plans for a formal lobby, residents would benefit from a mailroom, trash and recycling area, and bicycle storage.

The project would incorporate one-, two- and three-bedroom units, as well as two-story townhomes with up to 1,255 square feet of living space. The tenure of the residences, whether they would be rentals or condominiums, remains unclear. Six affordable housing units of various sizes would be located throughout the building and there would be a number of common and private outdoor spaces in the form of balconies or terraces.

Designed by William Adams Architect, 1427-1431 Lincoln Boulevard would feature a dynamic façade of “projecting and receding volumes of enclosed spaces and balconies.” While the ground-floor would be characterized by glass storefronts, the upper floors would showcase randomly-placed perforated metal panels to add visual interest. The material palette would also include metal and cement board siding, smooth stucco, CMU block, and metal and glass railings.

Rendering: William Adams Architect

The sides of the building are rather flat, which was an intentional choice “due to anticipation of future development adjoining [the] north and south frontages.” The Review Board recommended revising its appearance and suggested further developing the building’s material palette, landscaping and floating form, among other suggested changes.

The project is located on the eastern edge of downtown Santa Monica, next to CVS Pharmacy. Future residents would live within walking distance of the downtown Santa Monica Metro station, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica State Beach, and countless restaurants, bars and cafés.

In the neighborhood, construction is wrapping up at 1550 Lincoln Boulevard, while leasing is underway at Catherine with prices from $2,599 per month.

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