Santa Monica moving forward with plan to cap 10 freeway near downtown area

Capping the freeway would create a new link between the downtown and civic center areas

By Bianca Barragan Jan 8, 2018, 1:20pm PST

The 10 Freeway between Santa Monica’s downtown and civic center areas could be linked by a freeway cap park one day.  Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

The 10 Freeway between Santa Monica’s downtown and civic center areas could be linked by a freeway cap park one day.  Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

A years-old proposal to cap the 10 freeway near its Santa Monica terminus is part of a plan that will soon be considered by the city of Santa Monica, reports the Santa Monica Lookout.

According to a report prepared for the Santa Monica City Council, the Gateway Master Plan will address planning in the area “adjacent to the I-10 Freeway that links Downtown to the Civic Center” and to Santa Monica High School, and it could include covering the freeway with decking that could create new space for a park.

“This key location should become an experience that reflects the city’s values of community, sustainability and pride of place,” the report says.

Previous reports on capping the park had explored extending the McClure Tunnel and covering the 10 freeway from Fourth Street to Ocean Avenue.

The new staff report says the Gateway Master Plan offers “a unique opportunity for strengthening connections over the freeway right of way.” It also says the cap park would be a way to offer “an enlarged green space for outdoor enjoyment” where there previously was none.

By removing the visual and physical barrier between the city’s downtown and its civic center area, the park could create a new link between the two sections of the city. The report also notes that by providing access to “peripheral parking opportunities,” the park might be able to reduce car congestion in the city’s downtown.

The process of realizing the Gateway Master Plan would be “an open process facilitated by staff, and include participation from the community, land owners and decision-makers as priorities for the area are refined.” The report indicates city staff would like to get moving on the plan in the first half of this year.

The idea to top the freeway with a park was first proposed in 1996, says the Lookout.

The Gateway Master Plan is one of seven projects that city staff recommends prioritizing, including a neighborhood plan for development in the area around Memorial Park and a similar plan for the Pico neighborhood.

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Silicon Beach techies are moving further inland to Brentwood “No one wants to be picketed at their house”

Evan Spiegel and Elon Musk in Brentwood (Credit: Getty Images)

Evan Spiegel and Elon Musk in Brentwood (Credit: Getty Images)

So long to the hippies in Venice and the tourists in Santa Monica — Silicon Beach elites are now opting for family-friendly Brentwood.

The “bros” of Silicon Beach are increasingly choosing Brentwood, a wealthy (and more inland) neighborhood home to sprawling estates, rather than the oceanside cities of Playa del Rey, Venice and Santa Monica, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the last decade, Silicon Beach has grown to be a respectable technology hub as Snap Inc., Tesla, Riot Games, Google and Yahoo settled on the sandy coast.

Its presence in Venice — largely driven by Snapchat’s unique real estate strategy of having several offices as opposed to single headquarters — has led to much neighborhood backlash, involving petitions and rallies against the social media company.

Aside from escaping the complaining neighbors, those in the C-suite are also finding they can get more for their buck over in Brentwood, especially considering prices are breaking records and inventory is dwindling in the adjacent areas to the west.

“Most of these people have families, so they want bigger pieces of land,” Santiago Arana of the Agency told THR. “No one wants to be picketed at their house,” added Halton Pardee and Partner’s Tami Pardee, who said privacy is a top concern for the founders, who have become the targets of gentrification protests in Venice.

Among those settling in to the quiet neighborhood are Snap’s Evan Spiegel and his supermodel wife Miranda Kerr, who dropped $12 million for a residence behind the esteemed Getty Museum. Zillow founder Spencer Rascoff snagged a Brentwood Park mansion for $20 million last year, just under what Riot Games executive Brandon Beck paid for his $21.5 million mansion in 2015. Tesla founder Elon Musk, Snap chairman Michael Lynton, Disney executive Sean Bailey and Yahoo executive Mickie Rosen also own homes in the zip code. [THR]Natalie Hoberman

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