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Santa Monica City Council gives developer leg up on Bergamot Station
Santa Monica City Council gives developer leg up on Bergamot Station

Wary of changing the character of the Bergamot Station arts complex or displacing the commercial galleries that have been its backbone, the Santa Monica City Council has given the inside track for an $84-million makeover of the former rail freight yard to a developer deemed least likely to radically change the status quo. Shut out, at least for now, is a $92-million rival proposal that would have heavily benefited several nonprofit arts ventures, especially the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The museum would have received a fully paid new building and a $10-million endowment. Owners of Bergamot Station's 40 commercial galleries had worried that an upscale redevelopment focused mainly...

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