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A nondescript commercial building at 15th Street and Broadway in Santa Monica will be converted into office space with street-fronting retail, according to plans that were presented this week to the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board.

Red Car Properties, the Los Angeles-based real estate firm behind the project, is planning a 1,172-square-foot, one-story addition to the building, which was most recently home to a business selling automotive and industrial paint.  The proposed development would result in approximately 6,029 square feet of rentable office space and just under 700 square feet of ground-floor restaurant space.

RAC Design Build has created a contemporary look for the expansion, with an exterior of unpainted wood, steel, and concrete.

A staff report to the ARB recommended that the project should be approved.

Red Car, which is headquartered in Chinatown, specializes in rehabilitating existing buildings in similar form to 1501 Broadway.

Rendering of 1501 Broadway via City of Santa Monica
Rendering of 1501 Broadway via City of Santa Monica
Rendering of 1501 Broadway via City of Santa Monica
Rendering of 1501 Broadway via City of Santa Monica
1501 Broadway. Image via Google Maps.