By the 1950’s the Ocean Park area looked dilapidated to city officials, property values had dropped and urban renewal schemes were put forward. In April 1958 the City established a redevelopment district in the “urban blight” area of Ocean Park and an application was submitted to the Federal government. The redevelopment district was bounded by Ocean Park Boulevard on the north, Neilson Way on the east, the Venice City limit on the south, and the State beach parking lots and beach on the west – an area of 33 acres. The lots in the area ranged from 11 to 25 feet in width, and from about 90 to 105 feet in depth, hardly adequate for substantial development without the necessity of consolidating several such properties. Even when that was possible, street widths were inadequate.

In October 1959, as a result of reduction in the availability of federal funds for the project, the Ocean Park project was divided into two separate projects (the northern 25 acres as Project (1a) and southern 8 acres as Project (1b)) so that at least one project could proceed. In 1964, work was begun on the $80 million Ocean Park urban redevelopment project. The Ocean Park Redevelopment Project was the first project to be undertaken by the Santa Monica Redevelopment Agency . The City acquired the 259 separate parcels of land, and all the buildings along the beach west of Neilson Way from Ocean Park Blvd. south to the Venice boundary were demolished – requiring 316 families, 502 individuals and 212 businesses to be relocated.

OCEAN PARK REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT (1a)
Ocean Park Redevelopment Project (1a) encompassed the northern 25 acres, and was bounded by Ocean Park Boulevard on the north, Neilson Way on the east, Ocean Park Project (1b) on the south, and the State beach parking lots and beach on the west. The Santa Monica Shores – two 17-story high rise apartment buildings each containing 250 rental apartment units, was completed in 1967. On both sides of the apartment complex is located the Sea Colony condominium project of 340 condominium units which were constructed in two phases. Sea Colony I was completed in 1980 and Sea Colony II was completed in May 1987. Ocean View Park facing the ocean is a public park located in the center of Project Area (1a) .

OCEAN PARK REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT (1b)
Ocean Park Redevelopment Project (1b) encompasses the southern 8 acres, and was bounded by Ocean Park Redevelopment Project (1a) on the north, Neilson Way on the east, the Venice City limit on the south and the State beach parking lots and beach on the west. The project contains two senior citizen residential apartment complexes ( Neilson Villas containing 100 rental apartment units was completed in 1977 and Barnard Park Villas containing 61 units was completed in 1983). A former utility building was adapted in 1987 to house offices and art storage for the Eli Broad Family Art Foundation.

Plans for further development, including 22-story apartment building, were stalled in 1972 when Proposition 20 established the California Coastal Commission and limited coastal construction.

OCEAN PARK REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Ocean Park Redevelopment Project
Proposed site plan Project (1a).
Architectural renderings for proposed apartment hotel.
Architectural renderings for proposed apartment hotel.
B. Thomas Barnard at the ground-breaking ceremonies December 30, 1964.
Ground-breaking ceremonies December 30, 1964.
Ground-breaking ceremonies December 30, 1964.
Ground-breaking ceremonies December 30, 1964.
Ground-breaking ceremonies December 30, 1964.

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OCEAN PARK IN 1964
Raymond Place looking east from the Promenade.
View northeast on Pier Avenue from the Promenade.
150 Marine Street between Promenade and Neilson Way
Masonic Temple, 158 Marine Street at Neilson Way looking toward Main Street
Marine Street looking east toward Pacific Ocean Park
Marine Street and Neilson Way
Marine Street and Promenade
Security First National Bank, 168 Pier Street at Neilson Way
Looking east from the beach area including Kinney Street to Marine Street
Pier Avenue looking north towards Santa Monica Pier with the Metropole Hotel in foreground
Intersection of Pier Avenue and Neilson Way looking northeast, POP billboard in foreground
View from the Telephone Company Building looking northwest toward Pier Avenue and Ocean Park
Demolition at Promenade and Marine Street looking east on Marine Street.

Ashland Avenue at Promenade
Ashland Avenue at Neilson Way

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Raymond Avenue from Neilson Way
Raymond Avenue at the Promenade
View northeast on Pier Avenue from the Promenade

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Raymond Avenue, taken from Speedway, looking toward Pacific Ocean Park

Speedway

Hill Street

Grand Street and Promenade

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View from the Telephone Company, Neilson Way on the left, Marine Place and Pier Avenue in foreground

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Demoltion at Raymond and Speedway

Raymond Avenue at the Promenade

View of POP (Pacific Ocean Park) and Ocean Park redevelopment demolition

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Bungalows on Ocean Park Blvd., (1978 Photograph)