Clients - Development Agreements
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.
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.