The following is a press release form the City of Santa Monica.

The city of Santa Monica has issued a public notice and request for letters of interest for the revitalization of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium as an entertainment, events and cultural arts venue.

The city is seeking an individual or entity to lease the site and, through a Disposition and Development Agreement in the form of a long-term ground lease, to renovate, reopen, program and manage the property.

The City Council designated the Civic Auditorium as surplus land in October 2022 and the California Housing and Community Development Department officially certified the city’s completion and compliance with the state process in November 2023, clearing the way for the city to consider proposals for the site from any interested party.

The city seeks vendors with experience in renovating and redeveloping historic structures, experience operating and programming cultural arts venues, financial resources for the development, and a commitment to community engagement and input.  

The deadline to register as a vendor through the city’s procurement portal and submit a proposal is Wednesday, Jan. 31. Interested parties can find the submission portal here.

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