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Plan to raze Santa Monica trailer park up for vote

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- The Santa Monica City Council is scheduled to give final approval to an ordinance allowing one of the city's last modest trailer parks to be replaced with hundreds of high-end homes.

The council tentatively approved the ordinance by a 4-2 vote at its Nov. 14 meeting. A final vote is scheduled Tuesday night.

If approved, the 49-home Village Trailer Park could be replaced with 377 condos and apartments, as well as thousands of square feet of retail and office space.

In exchange, the developer says he will provide new homes to displaced residents in the city's last remaining trailer park. Or, if they prefer, they can live in the new apartments at reduced rents.

Opponents complain the project will overcrowd the city and price out people of modest means.

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