A mid-rise development
featuring apartments and ground-floor retail space could replace a small commercial building near the Expo Line's Downtown Santa Monica
The project, which comes from WS Communities
, calls for the construction of an eight-story building at 601 Colorado Avenue featuring 140 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with 11,825 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 122 basement parking spaces on three levels. Plans also call for 35 affordable housing units to be built in a separate off-site project at 1238 7th Street.
Michael W. Folonis Architects
is designing the proposed development, which would stand 84 feet in height with wood-frame construction above a concrete podium. The building's residential levels would be wrapped around an open courtyard, with additional open space to be provided in framed cut-outs into the corner of the fifth and sixth floors.
A staff report to the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board
, which will consider 601 Colorado at its meeting this week, recommends that the project receive feedback before advancing to the Planning Commission.
The project is one of a handful of mixed-use development in the pipeline for the blocks surrounding Downtown Santa Monica Station, following two hotels which opened a block west at Colorado Avenue and 5th Street