The Miramar

The Miramar Santa Monica is located on a site prominent both for its location, where Wilshire Boulevard meets the Pacific Ocean, and its central place in Santa Monica’s rich cultural history. As the hotel approaches 100 years of age, it has suffered a long history of incomplete conceptual planning and several piecemeal renovations. Our new plan aims to rectify this and reestablish the Miramar Santa Monica as a world-class destination ensuring a beloved community asset for the next 100+ years.

When complete, the Miramar will be a new landmark and a spectacular addition to Downtown Santa Monica. It features the preservation of two local landmarks and the addition of magnificent new open spaces encouraging pedestrian activity to and through the site. It celebrates the site’s rich history while incorporating bold, contemporary architecture and stunning landscape design and aiming for the highest levels of sustainability.

Hotel motor court on Second Street

The project’s new open spaces include two gardens that celebrate the Miramar’s history by featuring and reestablishing public access to the Moreton Bay Fig Tree and celebrating the Palisades Building.

World-class architecture and landscape design is thoughtfully integrated with historic preservation and community enhancement, ensuring that the Miramar Santa Monica will be a place of prominence and continuing its legacy as an iconic destination.

A copy of the Concept Design Package submitted to the City of Santa Monica can be found here.

Fact Sheet

Hotel

  • 312 newly designed guestrooms (11 net new)
  • 13,000 sf of meeting space, including a 10,000-sf divisible main ballroom with 20-foot+ tall ceilings and state-of-the art audiovisual technology
  • 11,500 sf of food and beverage spaces, with new outdoor dining venues open to the public, including new second floor locations with dramatic views of Santa Monica Bay for a reimagined FIG Restaurant and The Bungalow
  • 12,500 sf of spa and fitness
  • 6,600 sf of retail space including 5,500 sf of ground floor retail along Wilshire Boulevard

Open Space and Publicly-Accessible Garden

  • Significant new ground floor open space (52% of the site / ~100,000 sf) activated by ground floor food and beverage outlets
    • Approximately 14,000 sf publicly-accessible garden at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, including a prominent work of public art.

Residential

  • Up to 60 market rate condominiums
  • 100% affordable housing building on Second Street
    • Number of affordable apartments will be not less than 50% of the market rate condominiums, well above the Downtown Community Plan’s requirements

Historic Preservation

  • Preservation and featuring of the two City landmarks
    • Rehabilitation of the historic Palisades Building (design inspiration taken from historic hotel design from the 1940s–1950s)
    • Increased visibility and protection of, as well as increased access to and around, the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree

Parking

  • Up to 428 on-site underground parking spaces (plus 49 aisle spaces) to meet demand for all guests, residents, employees and visitors, freeing up substantial amounts of parking in the local neighborhood
  • Inclusion of both short-term and long-term bicycle parking

    Consistency with the Downtown Community Plan

    • 130’ maximum height vs. DCP maximum 130’ for the site (48’-8” average height)
    • 2.6 FAR vs. DCP maximum 3.0 FAR for the site (1.2 net new FAR)
      • 502,157 sf (net new 239,873 sf)
    • 52% ground floor open space (approximately 100,000 sf), plus additional upper-level decks
    • Retail frontage and elimination of driveway curb-cuts on Wilshire Boulevard to enhance the pedestrian experience
    • Expanded sidewalks on Wilshire Boulevard, Ocean Avenue and Second Street

    Consistency with the Downtown Community Plan

    • 130’ maximum height vs. DCP maximum 130’ for the site
    • 48’-8” average height
    • 502,157 sf (net new 239,873 sf)
    • 2.6 FAR vs. DCP maximum 3.0 FAR for the site (1.2 net new FAR)
    • 52% ground floor open space, plus additional upper level decks

    Sustainability

    • Approximately 33% estimated water-use reduction from existing hotel
    • Approximately 29% estimated energy-use reduction from existing hotel
    • Pursuit of LEED Platinum

    Revenue and Jobs

    • $408 million in estimated revenue for the City of Santa Monica within the first 20 years of operations ($187 million net new)
    • At stabilization, annual fiscal impact for the City of Santa Monica estimated to be approximately $16 million ($7.5 million net new)
    • Remain a union hotel
    • Create new permanent jobs (approximately 150)
    • Provide hundreds of temporary construction jobs
    • Local hiring objectives
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