Clients - Development Agreements

  • MINI Automobile Dealership

    We represented the Quinn family in negotiating a development agreement for their new MINI automobile dealership under the City of Santa Monica’s Interim Zoning Ordinance. This car dealership will be the first new car dealership constructed in the urban design format of the City’s 2010 Land Use and Circulation Element. As part of the project approval, we obtained certification of an EIR and adoption of a Statement of Overriding Considerations. We also assisted with obtaining approval of a sign adjustment to accommodate the Union Jack and fiberglass MINI car appearing on the building's exterior.

  • Courtyard and Hampton Hotels

    We represented hotel developer OTO Development in negotiating two development agreements for a pair of hotels -- one a Courtyard by Marriott and the other a Hampton Inn & Suites. These 6-story hotels will be developed in downtown Santa Monica across the street from the new Exposition light rail station. We obtained certification of an EIR and adoption of corresponding Statements of Overriding Considerations for these hotels. As part of the entitlement process, we successfully addressed a local landmark designation application after one of the properties was nominated as a potential local landmark.

  • Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

    We represented Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in negotiating a development agreement under the City of Santa Monica's Interim Zoning Ordinance. The development agreement will allow this non-profit school to construct a new science building for the high school/middle school campus. The negotiations included the dedication of a future bike path easement. We also negotiated the purchase of a small portion of land that was part of the project site from the City of Santa Monica.

  • Saint John’s Health Center

    This leading nonprofit health care organization’s buildings were severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. We represented Saint John’s in securing approval of a Development Agreement with the City of Santa Monica for its new hospital facilities. We also obtained City approval of an EIR. We also assisted Saint John’s in successfully negotiating an amendment to its Development Agreement addressing its parking facilities.

  • Related California’s Village Project at the Santa Monica Civic Center

    We represented Related California in negotiating a Development Agreement with the City of Santa Monica for a new mixed-income housing project containing over 300 housing units (including 160 affordable units) with retail and restaurant space in the City’s Civic Center Area. An EIR and Statement of Overriding Considerations were also approved. We also assisted Related in working with the City to obtain a Coastal Development Permit from the California Coastal Commission.

  • 710 Wilshire Mixed-Use Hotel Project

    We represented the owner of the Santa Monica Professional Building (a local City landmark) and adjacent parcels in negotiating a development agreement with the City of Santa Monica to develop a full-service 285-room hotel with retail, restaurant and meeting/banquet space. The project includes the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the 1928 building that originally had been constructed for medical offices. The development agreement includes the approvals necessary for alcohol service and a rooftop swimming pool. The development agreement vests the entitlements for six years.

  • The Arboretum Project

    Beginning in the mid-1980s, we worked with owners of this 12-acre site in eastern Santa Monica to negotiate a Development Agreement with the City for a one million square foot, mixed-use commercial project, including a hotel and office space. Years later, and on behalf of a new owner, a major amendment to the original Development Agreement was negotiated to convert the site to a combination of office, retail and housing.

  • Oxnard Downtown Theatre Project

    In an effort to revitalize its downtown, the City of Oxnard transferred property to our client for development of the mixed-use Oxnard Downtown Theatre Project. We worked on the Disposition and Development Agreement and prepared comprehensive CC&Rs governing the maintenance and operation of the project. We also assisted the developer in negotiating the multiplex theatre lease and other tenant leases and assisted in the refinancing of the project.

  • Maguire Thomas Partners Ocean Avenue Office Building

    We assisted Maguire Thomas Partners in securing a Development Agreement and related permits from the City of Santa Monica for this office project and assisted in obtaining a coastal permit from the California Coastal Commission.

  • Cathedral City Entertainment Center

    With our assistance, Palm Canyon Partners successfully negotiated a Disposition and Development Agreement and related documents with the Cathedral City Redevelopment Agency for acquisition of vacant land and construction of a multiplex theater and parking structure in the heart of the City’s new downtown area. We also assisted in negotiating the construction loan for the theater project and in obtaining options on several adjacent parcels designated for hotel and retail development.  We further represented Palm Canyon Partners and a joint venture partner while negotiating an Owner Participation Agreement to develop multi-family housing adjacent to the multiplex theater. Later, we represented Palm Canyon Partners in the sale of the project.

  • Ocean Avenue Hotel

    We represented the owners of a Santa Monica site on Ocean Avenue in the negotiation and approval of a Development Agreement for a new hotel. The hotel was projected to be a LEED Silver project incorporating two existing landmarked buildings. Several months after the Development Agreement was executed, we represented the owner in the sale of the site.

  • Saint Monica Catholic Community

    We represented Saint Monica Catholic Community in negotiating a Development Agreement with the City of Santa Monica for its church and school campus.

  • Seventh Street and Arizona Avenue Mixed-Use Projects

    We successfully represented the owner of property located at the corner of Seventh Street and Arizona Avenue in negotiating a pair of development agreements with the City of Santa Monica for adjoining mixed-use housing/retail projects. Each project will have approximately 50 residential units, complemented by ground floor retail/restaurant space. By utilizing a parking demand study, both projects will include a significant reduction in the otherwise required on-site parking. Prior to negotiating the development agreements, we had successfully negotiated a settlement agreement with the City of Santa Monica during the early stages of the City’s new Interim Zoning Ordinance. The settlement agreement preserved the client’s option to proceed through an administrative approval process in case the development agreement negotiations had proved to be unsuccessful.

  • Broadway Mixed-Use Housing/Retail Project

    We successfully represented a developer in negotiating a development agreement with the City of Santa Monica for a five-story, mixed-use housing project with 56 residential units and retail/restaurant space on the ground floor and in a basement. The project is located in the heart of downtown Santa Monica and near the future Exposition light rail terminus. No on-site parking was required. Prior to negotiating the development agreement, we negotiated a tolling agreement with the City of Santa Monica in order to preserve our client’s ability to challenge the City’s Interim Zoning Ordinance in case the development agreement negotiations had been unsuccessful.

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