Santa Mon­ica ho­tel built with­out per­mits can re­main open for now

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — A Santa Mon­ica beach­front ho­tel built with­out proper per­mits and fined nearly $15.6 mil­lion will be al­lowed to re­main open.

Af­ter hours of de­bate the Cal­i­for­nia Coastal Com­mis­sion voted 7-5 Thurs­day to ap­prove af­ter-the-fact per­mits for the Shore Ho­tel, the Los An­ge­les Times re­ported Fri­day.

In ex­change, the ho­tel’s de­vel­oper agreed to cre­ate a “mi­cro ho­tel” within the Shore resort that over­looks Santa Mon­ica Pier. The resort will in­clude 72 rooms priced no higher than $180 a night, waive $25 resort fees for guests in those rooms and limit their nightly park­ing fees to $25.

The de­vel­oper, Sun­shire En­ter­prises, still has to pay the nearly $15.6 mil­lion fine and must also cover $2.3 mil­lion in mit­i­ga­tion fees. The fine is­sued in May for open­ing the ho­tel with­out proper per­mits is a record for the com­mis­sion.

The dis­pute be­gan af­ter the com­mis­sion, which over­sees de­vel­op­ment along Cal­i­for­nia’s coast, granted Sun­shine ap­proval in 2009 to de­mol­ish two ag­ing, mod­er­ately priced ho­tels con­tain­ing a to­tal of 87 rooms. They were to be re­placed with a new ho­tel that com­mis­sion­ers were promised would also be af­ford­able in a tourist area where in­ex­pen­sive ho­tels are rare.

But af­ter the de­mo­li­tion per­mits ex­pired the de­vel­oper built a 164-room resort ho­tel with two restau­rants, a pool, a gym, a meet­ing space and rooms rang­ing in price from $265 to $800 a night, the Times said. Park­ing fees were $43 a night.

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