Just yesterday, it was reported that Apple proposed to open a massive glass-roofed retail store in Santa Monica, CA and was waiting for approval. Today, the Santa Monica Planning Commission has approved Apple’s plans for the new retail store with a giant roof. The store was approved without any discussion.
The project was included on commission’s Consent Calendar, which Peggy Clifford of Santa Monica Dispatch said this is the first time she can remember a plan of this size had been proposed for approval.
Members of the planning commission pulled Apple’s retail store project from the calendar, making it to be approved unanimously. The rapid approval was something Clifford had never seen before.
The surprise was that the staff put the project on the Consent Calendar. I cannot remember any large, complex commercial project ever going on the Consent Calendar. Apple was the only item on last night’s Calendar. And, under the rules, the Consent Calendar is approved as a whole unless someone wishes to pull at item for discussion.
And in that crucial blink, the commissioners approved the Consent Calendar (aka Apple Glass House), and that was that except for a staff report on the redesign of the Project Case List, after which they adjourned.
Documentation used for the report for the project doesn’t specifically mention Apple, but renderings of the project clearly reveal an Apple Retail store with a giant curved glass ceiling.
Apple’s new retail store would replace an existing three-story building which used to be a Borders Bookstore. In addition, the 34 foot high store is expected to have a gorgeous glass ceiling.
The design at the proposed Santa Monica site is similar to Apple’s store in New York’s Upper West Side, which opened in 2009.