When the Miramar was originally built in the 1920s, parking for cars was not an issue. However, as car usage increased, a number of poorly planned additions left the property without sufficient parking and created an unnecessary burden on neighborhood traffic and parking availability. The Miramar Santa Monica solves these problems.
The Miramar Santa Monica will nearly triple on-site parking from 167 to 477 subterranean spaces (428 striped spaces and 49 aisle spaces) to meet the anticipated demand of the hotel’s employees, guests, residents and visitors.
By providing adequate on-site parking, the new Miramar will resolve a longstanding issue in the community by moving employees off neighborhood streets and freeing up substantial amounts of parking for our neighbors. In addition, it will eliminate the need for valets to leave the site in order to find a place to park cars.
Because the existing hotel does not offer adequate on-site parking, valets currently park most cars offsite. This contributes to local street congestion. By providing adequate on-site parking, the new plan will eliminate well over 100 duplicative valet trips every day. Convenient bicycle parking (short term and long term) will be dispersed throughout the site to encourage bicycle access. This, combined with improved pedestrian access, an improved vehicular site access plan, enhanced TDM plan and targeted programmatic revisions, will facilitate the traffic flow and circulation on the streets and intersections around the Miramar.
According to a preliminary study by Linscott Law and Greenspan (LLG), a respected traffic and parking consulting firm, the proposed project is estimated to be essentially “traffic neutral” on an overall basis during the peak traffic periods when compared to the existing hotel. The preliminary LLG study estimates a reduction in trips in the key weekday afternoon peak period, a modest increase in trips during the Saturday afternoon peak period, and no increase in the overall weekday peak periods.