Santa Monica News
SANTA MONICA — Beginning on January 21, a raised landscaped median will be constructed along
In 1993, the city adopted the Civic Center Specific Plan, in which the median’s construction was envisioned. The city updated the plan in 2005 after purchasing 11.3 acres of former RAND property across from City Hall in 2000; part of the plan involved building a median about 10 feet in width to reduce the scale of the street and create more space for greenery. Throughout the evolution of this plan, numerous workshops have been held and public input taken into account.
The median is also a safety enhancement of the Civic Center Village Residential Project Development Agreement, the project also features 318 residential units on city-owned land, half of which will consist of high-priced condominiums and the other half consisting of more affordable housing. “The project also includes approximately 20,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space and 626 parking spaces,” said David Martin, Planning and Community Development Director, to Canyon News. The Agreement was approved in 2008, and the median will be one of many that the city has been installing on a regular basis throughout major streets.
After the median is constructed, drivers will no longer be able to make left turns into and out of any streets and driveways that are along both side of
“While the median will be landscaped and will improve the appearance of the area,” said Mr. Martin, “it’s primarily a safety measure necessary to prevent unsafe turning movements on
For pedestrians, two crosswalks will be located in order to cross the median. The first will be located at
To learn more about the construction, residents can visit www.smgov.net/pcd.
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