Ann Gardner | Via Latina
City Council unanimously approved a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) for Del Mar Beach Resort Investors, LLC to open an “information center” at 1412 Camino del Mar to share information with the public on the prospective development above Dog Beach at the corner of Camino del Mar and Border Ave. The developer is currently in discussion with the City regarding a redesign after objections to the height and density of the original application were expressed at various City review meetings. The redesigned plan, according to a Zephyr spokesperson, is expected to be submitted to the City in March when the information center will also be opened.
A TUP was required to open an office in the Central Commercial zone since that use would not otherwise be allowed; first floor street front uses are usually limited to retail, restaurants, etc. The applicant assured the Council that the center would be used only to provide information about the redesigned project with printed materials and monitors and including a copy of the project Environmental Impact Report. There would be no pre-sale activities or information about other Zephyr projects. A spokesperson explained that the center would allow interested persons to review the revised plans outside of regular City Hall hours, generally mimicking retail hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends with some flexibility for evening hours especially during the summer. The center will be located at the former Fair Trade shop between Bully’s and Durante Menswear. The TUP allows the temporary storefront to operate for a limited duration (January 2019 – April 2020) although Council expressed flexibility on the dates if requested.