LATEST PROJECT UPDATE
The grand-opening date for Palisades Village is Saturday, September 22, 2018! The countdown begins and we are looking forward to inviting you to experience what will be the new community-gathering spot. The heart and soul of this property is the idea that Palisades Village will be a part of the everyday fabric of our community; places that make people happy and add to the quality of life. We are so proud that this property will offer one-of-a-kind experiences, something special for everyone, and create a new daily destination for locals and their families. Stay tuned for updates, progress of the project and future details, or follow us @PalisadesVillage.
What are your plans for Swarthmore Avenue?
We set out to revitalize Swarthmore Avenue, which in the past had represented the unique qualities of Pacific Palisades. We spent more than three years listening to your community, to make sure our project reflects the very special character and lifestyle of Pacific Palisades.
Our plans represent our commitment – and your feedback – to bring Swarthmore Avenue back as a gathering place for friends and family, while staying true to the look and feel of Pacific Palisades. The following are some of the key elements of our plans:
- A walkable village
- A collection of unique and boutique retailers
- Restaurants ranging from family to fine dining
- A new greenspace along Monument Street
- A community room
- A neighborhood movie theater
- Buildings that fit the look and feel of the neighborhood
- Ample parking
What will the completed project look like on Swarthmore Avenue?
The architectural style reflects a charming, coastal village feel that fits in the existing neighborhood. The project is an eclectic mix of small one- or two- story buildings, in keeping with the scale of the village.
What is the size of the project?
The community supported a plan to create an updated mixed use village consisting of approximately 125,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, a theater, market, office and residential uses. While the current Specific Plan, which guides development within Pacific Palisades, permitted us to build approximately 275,000 square feet, this scale was not right for the community or consistent with our vision. Our project reflects what has existed in the past along Swarthmore Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood.
Who has approved and endorsed the project?
The Los Angeles City Planning Commission, the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the Los Angeles City Council all approved the project. Locally, we were endorsed by the Pacific Palisades Community Council, The Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce, The Pacific Palisades BID, P.R.I.D.E., and the Pacific Palisades Civic League.
What are your plans for parking?
A total of 560 stalls in a three-level underground parking structure will be provided, which is more than four times the number of spaces provided on the previous surface lot. We will also be providing EV charging stations. All employees will be required to park in the three-level underground parking structure, and we will monitor that no employees park on neighboring residential streets. In addition, employees will be provided with free transit passes and bike parking to further reduce parking impacts in the community.
Are you changing Swarthmore from a two-way to a one-way street?
Yes. We received community input to make Swarthmore a one-way street. In doing so, the street will have wider sidewalks and the narrower street will slow vehicular traffic, making it safer for pedestrians. Accordingly, we are planning that Swarthmore will remain two-way from Sunset to the alley entrance, and convert to a one-way street from the alley to Monument.
Will the Farmers Market return to Swarthmore Avenue?
Yes. Palisades residents can find the temporary market at Palisades Charter High School from 8:00am to 1:00 pm Sundays. We look forward to welcoming the market back once we complete construction and open Swarthmore Avenue. For more information, please click here to visit their Facebook page.
Can you describe the new Bay Theatre?
We are excited to be bringing back this cherished venue. The theater, operated by Cinepolis, will be small and scaled to the neighborhood, with just five screens for a total of 300 seats. The new marquee is inspired by the historic designs of the original neighborhood-scale Bay Theatre.
What kind of grocery store will there be?
We are pleased to announce that Vintage Grocers, a classic hometown specialty market, is confirmed to join Palisades Village.
Will you have a community room?
Yes, we are very excited that we are providing a community room for use by Palisades organizations. Once we are open, our property management team will be responsible for taking reservations.
What are the details of the park?
The park will be located off Monument, on a portion of what was previously the triangular asphalt parking lot. The park is designed for picnics and casual enjoyment, as well as community events. Mature shade trees and beautiful landscaping will provide a wonderful environment for all Palisades residents to enjoy.
Will the project have any green features?
Yes, many. This project will be energy and environmentally friendly, and will obtain LEED Gold status which is one of the highest standards in environmental efficiency and design. Solar panels will be placed on top of the theater building. We also will establish a free neighborhood bike-sharing program along with convenient bicycle parking, electric vehicle charging stations, permeable open-space landscaping, and water-conservation features.
What kind of security measures will you have?
Security is critical to our company for the comfort and well-being of our guests, and the Palisades Village project is no exception. Our garage will have well lit parking areas with fewer large columns in order to increase visibility and avoid obstructing the line of sight when parking. There will also be 24-hour security on-site both in the structure and throughout the property, and we will be installing panic buttons throughout the structure for any emergencies.
What is happening with the P.R.I.D.E tiles that were previously along Swarthmore?
We are working with P.R.I.D.E. to honor and respect the previous tile donors in our new project. After reviewing the options with P.R.I.D.E., we have collectively decided to replace the ceramic tiles with bricks. P.R.I.D.E. also will be selling additional bricks to raise money to further its mission to keep Palisades beautiful.
Please contact Caruso at 310.744.2301 to speak with us directly.