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Reese Davidson Association would alter the parking lot at Venice and Pacific with retail shops, a association arts centermost and 136 units of affordable housing
By Gary Walker
The abuttals of Grand Canal amid North Venice and South Venice boulevards, anon northwest of the Venice Canals, would run through an autogenous courtyard of the Reese Davidson Community
Rendering Courtesy of Venice Association Accommodation Corp
With 68 apartments for the homeless, 34 apartments for low-income artists, 34 apartments for low-income earners, four apartments for on-site supervisors, a adjacency arts center, 4,000 aboveboard anxiety of retail or restaurant amplitude and on-site parking, the proposed Reese Davidson Association would transform the 2.65-acre bank parking lot area Venice Boulevard meets Pacific Avenue into Venice’s better affordable accommodation circuitous to date.
It is additionally accepted to face abundant push-
back from adjacency groups who article to the project’s size, ambit and design, and from others who altercate a broader advance by burghal admiral to aggrandize affordable accommodation and abandoned casework throughout Venice.
Residents will be able to appearance antecedent affairs and allege with burghal planning agents during an accessible abode architecture scoping affair at 5 p.m. Monday inthe Oakwood Recreation Center. Nonprofit organizations the Venice Association Accommodation Corporation (VCHC) and Hollywood Association Accommodation would accordingly advance the city-owned parcel.
A stone’s bandy from the Venice Canals, area homes accept awash for as abundant as $2,000 per aboveboard foot, the two residential barrio in the project’s brand would angle at about 35 anxiety alpine — the accustomed acme absolute of the Venice Specific Plan — but a freestanding belfry at the northwest bend of the activity is envisioned at 67 feet, which would crave an absolution from burghal planners.
VCHC Executive Director Becky Dennison said she understands that some bodies will anguish about the ecology impacts and the acme exemptions that the activity will require.
“This is a actual complicated acreage use issue. I absolutely anticipate bodies are consistently anxious about changes to acreage use,” she acknowledged. “There will be issues that we’ll be able to abstraction and mitigate, for sure.”
Meanwhile, the adjacency advancement accumulation Fight Back Venice has already petitioned the Venice Adjacency Council to alarm for an all-embracing study
of the activity and its abeyant impacts. In a Jan. 8 letter to the VNC, organizer Christian Wrede writes that the Reese Davidson Association is “part of a abundant broader accomplishment to band ability from taxpayers and advance colossal accommodation projects … that account politicians, developers and doyennes of Los Angeles’ mutating amusing casework sector.”
Fight Back Venice has additionally been acclimation bounded action to the city’s affairs for acting abandoned accommodation in the above Metro bus backyard on Main Street and VCHC’s affairs for a 35-unit, 45-foot-tall affordable accommodation apartment circuitous on Rose Avenue.
Supporters altercate that new affordable accommodation architecture in Venice is all-important to abode the neighborhood’s homelessness crisis and advice preserve
a socioeconomic antithesis built-in to Venice’s all-embracing association character and history of inclusiveness.
In a nod to that history, the Reese Davidson Association gets its name from both VCHC co-founder Rick Davidson and Arthur Reese, a ancestor of Venice’s atramentous association who was the advance decorator for and a claimed acquaintance of Venice founding ancestor Abbot Kinney. The association arts centermost would be called afterwards the backward amateur and ballerina Gregory Hines, who lived in Venice and frequented the aboriginal Hal’s Bar & Grill.
“This is such a unique, city-owned property, and so we capital to account the acclaimed assortment of Venice and the role that arts accept played in Venice,” Dennison said of the centralized voting action for allotment the project.
Community activist Zelda Lambrecht, one of the project’s added articulate opponents, takes claimed affair to the project’s design. In an email to The Argonaut, she compared the autogenous courtyard apprehension that appears with this adventure to the blocky bastille billet of the Auschwitz absorption camp.
“As a Los Angeles built-in and the babe of a Holocaust survivor, I am apparitional by the placement, the design, and the blah apathy for association that our burghal admiral are acknowledging of this ‘Monster in the Median,’” asserted Lambrecht, a apparel administrator for television productions. “It is advised to alienate a account from a absolute community, encamp bodies and breach the blow of the Venice association apart.”
The Reese Davidson Association is advised by acclaimed Culver City-based artist Eric Owen Moss, whose assignment includes Vespertine, Pterodactyl and several added cutting-edge Hayden Tract buildings. He said the project’s architecture was aggressive by Venice’s attitude of amusing activism and assorted aesthetic expression.
“It was crafted actual anxiously and carefully to abode the community’s history and the arts,” Moss said. “I anticipate it’s important to admit that this affair [homelessness] is a above amusing and political affair in America’s big cities. The apriorism of this activity is that the burghal has bidding the albatross that this affectionate of amusing affair should be advised and apparent as allotment of authoritative Los Angeles a safer abode to Media