VENETIANS CAN AGREE ON
It's time to call a halt to rabid over-development
currently consuming the Venice we love!
There are a number of developments that have been in the works for several months which are causing Venice residents to become alarmed. Below are three separate Change.org petitions, each relating to a differenct development project that threatens the historic character and charm of Venice. Please sign these three peitions and help us "Save the Venice We Love!"
1. HOTEL ON ABBOT KINNEY BLVD.
OPPOSITE WESTMINSTER SCHOOL
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Coming soon to your neighborhood – The construction of a three-story 85-room hotel at 1033 Abbot Kinney Boulevard spanning nearly the entire block between Westminster and Broadway.
This proposal is a game changer for Venice, now and in the future. This would create a precedent for towering three-story structures stretching the length of Abbot Kinney and Electric. Other negative effects for the surrounding community include: increased traffic, lack of parking, more noise and trash. This might be suitable for another location, but it is not appropriate for Abbot Kinney as we know it. More
2. A MORATORIUM ON SMALL LOT SUBDIVISIONS
AND MANSIONIZATION IN VENICE
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Here are 3 consistent and repeated ways that the City is ignoring and violating Venice Specific Plan (VSP):
1. City Planning is interpreting the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance (SLSO) to trump the Specific Plan, although the law says that specific plans always trump ordinances. The City is interpreting the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance to allow more units on lots than the Specific Plan allows, and is not requiring any guest parking at all, and is allowing tandem parking that people often don't use, rather than side-by-side parking.
2. Allowing buildings to be constructed to the maximum possible size even when the proposed building is totally out of scale with the neighborhood i.e. three story buildings that block all of the neighbors' sunlight in a one-story or two-story neighborhood. The Specific Plan requires an evaluation of the compatibility of the mass and scale of the proposed building with the other buildings in the neighborhood. The Planning Department does not do this, and they have set up a process where there is no appeal.
If the Planning Department continues to get away with this, soon Venice will be all 3-story compounds with very little sun or air between the buildings.
3. The Planning Department is issuing illegal DIRs that blatantly violate the Specific Plan. Then the City says that there's no appeal because the 14-day deadline has passed. The community has no real notice and no opportunity to respond. The City refuses to send us a .pdf of the DIRs as they are issued, only a mailed copy. More
3. REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AT 1414 MAIN STREET, VENICE
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It has recently come to light that a partnership of real estate developers has quietly purchased several adjacent properties on Main Street stretching between Market Street and Horizon Avenue in Venice, with plans to build a 4-story, high-density, 26-unit condominium complex, including two restaurants and retail space, that exceeds the historic area’s 35’ height restrictions by an entire 11' story.
The design does not include a Main Street entrance to its 242-space, 3-story subterranean parking structure, proposing to use Market Street, Horizon Avenue, Riviera Avenue, and the two narrow residential alleys that run between them as the development’s driveways.
The resulting complex would not only affect the quality of life of its surrounding residents because their views and ocean breeze would now be blocked by a nearly 50’ wall, effectively, it would greatly increase the amount of traffic in the surrounding residential neighborhood and severely impact parking availability on all nearby streets. More
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Snapchat Bro Buys a [Venice] Beach House
Snapchat may have balked at Facebook’s $3 billion offer, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t money to spend. Case in point being the recent multimillion-dollar home purchase made by one of the popular social app’s founding fathers, Bobby Murphy.
The 25-year-old tech entrepreneur has reportedly purchased a sterile, ultramodern home in Venice Beach. The Huffington Post reports that Murphy paid $2.1 million for the architectural property “fused together” by architect Larry Scarpa and artist Randy West.
Located just a stone’s throw away from the company’s new headquarters on “Silicon Beach,” Murphy’s modern mash-up of concrete, glass and steel stretches three stories high and spans 2,250 square feet. More