We need your support in an effort to save Bergamot Station from overdevelopment. We do not want another Grove or Shopping Mall to replace this unique and historic complex, which has thrived against all odds for over 20 years as well as providing exceptional arts programming and community service. All three development teams under consideration for the contract with the City of Santa Monica propose a massive overhaul to the property which will result in the disruption and closure of many of our businesses. Current development proposals threaten to:
-DECREASE THE NUMBER OF ART GALLERIES
-ADD RETAIL SPACE
-ADD CREATIVE OFFICES
-ADD A HOTEL
-ADD BARS AND RESTAURANTS
-ADD UNDERGROUND PARKING, WHICH WILL DESTROY BUSINESSES ONSITE AND WILL NOT ACCOMMODATE THE NUMBER OF TENANTS WHO WILL BE ADDED TO THE SITE
We, as over 40 art galleries and cultural businesses, respectfully cannot support the City’s plan to turn Bergamot Station into one of these three concepts:
We have been asking our patrons, associates, friends, artists, and supporters to help us preserve our businesses and our beloved community of galleries and arts related businesses by signing a petition to request that the City of Santa Monica Officials cease plans for redevelopment until the survival of the core tenants of Bergamot Station is ensured.
Thus far, thanks to the overwhelming support in our efforts to help preserve the integrity of Bergamot Station Arts Center, we have gathered over 8,000 signatures on our online petition and have received thousands of powerful statements about the necessity of keeping the heart and soul, THE GALLERIES, of Bergamot Station alive.
We deeply appreciate the community's response to our call to action and have been encouraged by the latest news that the Santa Monica City Council has postponed the vote to select a development team. We now have more time to gather endorsements and to reinforce our core mission - to retain all of the galleries, non-profits, and arts-related businesses that are such a vital resource for the City of Santa Monica and beyond.
- If you haven't already, please sign our PETITION.
- Share the petition with friends through e-mail or on Facebook and help get the word out.
- "Like" Bergamot Station Arts Center on Facebook and stay tuned for updates on our campaign.
- Send a message to Santa Monica City Council members and tell them why you support the preservation of Bergamot Station and the survival of its tenants.
With your help we will remain a vital part of L.A.'s thriving art scene for another 50 years and more.
Bergamot Station Gallery Cultural Association