Category Archives: Preservation Alerts

The Latest on the Civic Auditorium and Sports Field

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At the June 27 City Council Meeting, Council voted unanimously to support moving forward on the “temporary” multipurpose sports field in place of the surface parking lot on the Civic Center site and to move forward with the Request for … more

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Help Santa Monica’s Historic Resource Inventory

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The City’s existing Historic Resources Inventory (HRI) contains approximately 1600 properties. See how the new survey will impact city planning and whether your home could be surveyed. more

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Update on the 5th Street Post Office

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The building that housed Santa Monica’s main post office for over 70 years closed in June 2013. That August, the Santa Monica City Council (with strong support from the Conservancy) approved a preservation covenant for the building and assumed responsibility … more

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Five New Mills Act Contracts Approved

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Five New Mills Act Contracts Approved Santa Monica’s most important preservation incentive was granted to five landmark property owners at the October 28 meeting of the City Council.  This action brings the City’s total number of Mills Act contracts to … more

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Landmark Courtyard Threatened with Demolition

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Landmark Courtyard Apartments Threatened with Demolition — Again!   An Environmental Impact Report is being prepared for the demolition of Colonial Revival courtyard apartments at 423 Ocean Avenue to enable construction of a new 13-unit condominium complex.  The property was … more

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The Shotgun House Returns Home to Ocean Park

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On Saturday, March 29 at approximately 8 am, Santa Monica’s 1890s shotgun house moved to its new permanent location on Second Street across from the Ocean Park Library, ending more than a decade in storage.   Moving Day The public is invited to … more

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Important Landmarks Commission February 2014 Updates

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Mills Act Incentives Threatened The Mills Act, the state program that reduces property taxes on designated historic properties with approved restoration and maintenance plans, is Santa Monica’s only concrete incentive for historic preservation.  The Landmarks Commission has been working to … more

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Closure of the 5th Street Post Office

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The Postal Service announced on August 17 that they are proceeding with plans to sell the historic Santa Monica Main Post Office and relocate its services to the carrier annex at 1653 7th Street, south of Colorado and the future … more

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Another Grant for the Preservation Resource Center

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The Friends of Heritage Preservation (FOHP) recently awarded the Conservancy a $7500 grant toward the rehabilitation of the Shotgun House as a Preservation Resource Center. Founded in 1998, FOHP is a small, private association of individuals who seek to promote … more

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