Apple Wins Approval for Glass Store in Santa Monica

Apple’s plans to build a glass front and glass roof store in Santa Monica were approved this week, and the city’s Planning Commission didn’t even need a moment to discuss the project.

Apple had proposed the mostly glass building redesign for a store space previously occupied by a Borders book store, and approval for the remodel was required by Santa Monica’s Planning Commission. This week’s planning meeting, according to the Santa Monica Dispatch, handled that approval in surprisingly short order.

Santa Monica Apple Store renderingApple’s proposed new Santa Monica store

Image courtesy of LA Curbed

Details of the remodel were presented to the Commission by the city staff without identifying which company planned to use the space. The Commission immediately ran Apple’s project through its complete approval process without any discussion — a move that apparently never happens in the city.

The new Apple Store, according to LA Curbed, will sit on the Third Street Promenade near Santa Monica Blvd. The one-story store will cover about 8,084 square feet and Apple is apparently planning on offering employees incentives for using alternative transportation methods when commuting to work.

Apple hasn’t commented on the new store location yet.