By Kip Pardue
Thanks to all who voted in the VNC elections a few weeks ago. The turnout was amazing and many of you are directly responsible for that. The more we continue to unite in our vision of Venice, the stronger our voice will be.
On that note, I came across this a few days ago…
For the record, I personally have ZERO details on this project beyond what is written, so everything I am saying is my opinion…
This development has been in the works for YEARS with several iterations. Those proposals were blocked for various reasons – but almost always because of density and public will. What has finally passed and will be built seems like a great fit for the area – but not one single mention of housing for the homeless (or housing of ANY KIND). The new development even has 49 acres of green space.
I think the development itself is fine…it’s just so strange that Bonin is “involved” (in some capacity at least) and there is no desire for him to use that land for housing. To me, this shows Bonin is forcing housing on Venice (and ONLY VENICE). This location would be much better suited to the needs of the homeless and certainly better for the residents of Venice. Again, there is SO much I do not know about this project…but if Bonin’s actual desire was to build housing for the homeless ALL OVER THE CITY, and not just in Venice, I would think he would have the ability to use 2 acres of this property.