At last night’s OB Planning Board meeting, World Oil – which owns the corner lot at Voltaire and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard – unveiled their new design for “Sunset Plaza”, their project slated for that site. The former design had been met with derision from the community, so World Oil came back with a new, more improved design.
And it appears this will be what that corner will look like someday. At the meeting, the OB Planning Board approved an extension by World Oil for their Coastal Development Permit (CDP) – the required permit from the Coastal Commission. These CDP last for only 3 years, and it’s been over that since the project was approved by the Board in August 2009.
Without explaining the delay by World Oil, their rep Leslie Burnside claimed there’s now less glass and stucco in the new design. She stated that her company’s CDP expired in February. But they have been working with City staff, she said, and a grading permit was approved April 25 – 27, and their project was put out to bid about one month ago in early May.
There was little hesitation on the part of the Board to approve the extension. One new member, stated for the record, she didn’t like the design, felt the traffic changes in the alley and at the intersection would cause more headaches for that area. She still voted in favor in the 11-0-0 vote by the Board, without public comment or discussion.