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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Dennison Lists Coming Events and Answers More Questions

By Becky Dennison, Director of Venice Community Housing

Tour of VCH properties
Thursday, March 23rd
1 pm to 3 pm
Meet at 720 Rose Avenue, Venice
PLEASE RSVP to Iisha at ijones@vchcorp.org

Community Input and Q&A Session on Preliminary Program (available at www.vchcorp.org)
Tuesday, March 28th
7 pm – 8:30 pm
720 Rose Avenue, Venice

Community Design Workshop
Saturday, April 15th
10 am – 12 pm
Venice-Dell-Pacific parking lots

Community engagement dates will be updated on an ongoing basis and we are also continuing to attend community meetings as invited – please feel free to invite us to come to any formal or informal group of neighbors or stakeholders. Email venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org to extend an invitation and/or give any other suggestions on expanding community engagement.

Questions and Answers

What is the timeline of the next steps for developing this site?
Please reference the final pages of the powerpoint to review unanswered questions and next steps, available at http://www.vchcorp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Venice-Dell-Pacific-Presentation-3-9-17.pdf. We will continue to gather feedback on the preliminary program through early April, and determine a final set of elements that we’d like to include. Design will start in April, and will include feedback from the interactive, on-site design workshop on April 15th. It is our goal to present an overview of our proposal, including design and financing strategies, to the community in June. We will then begin the formal approval process, including a development agreement with the City, seeking entitlements, and public hearings and approvals. We don’t yet have an estimated timeline for the public approval process.

I recently read an article that had diagrams and a great deal of info, but they did not mention the number of stories these structures would be. Can you please provide me this information?
We are starting the design process in April, and should have preliminary information in May about height, size and other design elements. Design workshop(s) and other design-related community engagement opportunities will be announced in the weekly emails.

What has changed from your original concept submitted to the City?
To date, several changes or additions have been made, including: a slight reduction in the total number of units; permanent supportive housing serving families in addition to individuals; a change in unit mix from all 1 bedrooms to a mix of studios and 1 and 2 bedroom units; the inclusion of low-income artist housing and community arts space; ground floor usage east of the canal to incorporate live-work space for artists and contribute to the emerging Venice Arts District; the inclusion of social enterprise/job training as a part of the community-serving retail; isolating public parking primarily on the west side of the canal instead of mixing parking uses on both sides; site layout and design elements that respond to heavy traffic (more detail to be developed); a focus on innovative tools to prioritize people currently homeless in Venice while adhering to fair housing regulation; and incorporating and prioritizing shared space and shared uses between tenants and the larger community(ies).

All Q&A to date are available here: http://www.vchcorp.org/venice-dell-pacific-faqs/. Email venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org to submit any new questions.

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