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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

We Didn’t Start the Fire, Venice is Burning


Special thanks to Billy Joel, Performed by Mark Lennon of the band, Venice,
Produced by Nico Ruderman, Lyrics by Sean Obrien

Mike Bonin, Sheila Kuell, Gavin Newsome, what a fool
Autum Burke, Ted Lieu, Ben Allen have no clue
Garcetti, Eunuch in a trance, Scott Weiner in his pants
Third St., Boardwalk, Oakwood cant get a cop
Needles, feces, drug dealers, ocean breeze
Rubbish fires, Baseball bats chop shops, tons of rats
Encampments, Cherynoble, Carol Sobel thinks she’s noble
Rape, murder, suicide, no bail, it’s genocide
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Venice is burning, since Bonin’s been earning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, as we tried to fight it.
Blue tarps, Got Junk, Venice in a funk
Out of State, imports, no support, Supreme Court
Prostitution, vandalism, saturation, devastation
Sanitation, hesitation, Venice annihilation
Nero on the roof, Government has no proof
Pelosi, ice cream, I just want to scream
Harris, VP, abandoned us to live her dream
People squatting on the Beach, methamphetamine
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Penmar is burning, since Bonin’s been learning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, but we’ve tried to fight it.
RV’s, heaps of trash, they wonder why we clash
Rising crime, too much grime, brother can you spare a dime
Hair cuts, trim suits, bureaucratic lawsuits
Jones Act, Boise, failed leaders, crazy
Tax base shrinking, City Council winking
Zombies peeing, Residents fleeing
Puppet show, quid pro quo, no go, Skid Row
Rezone, methadone, Venice a containment zone
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Third Street is burning, since Bonin’s been churning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, but we’ve tried to fight it.
Dogtown upside down, violent shantytown
Dereliction, mental crisis, drug addiction, hepatitis
Heroin, weed, booze, storm drains full of ooze
Echo Park clean up, Venice remains a dump
Covid, Bonin’s dream, no Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream
Sirens daily, Where’s The Guy who plays the ukulele
We didn’t’ start the Fire
The Boardwalk is burning, since Bonin’s been earning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, As we’ve tried to fight it.
Homeless advocates, vagrants dropping pants
Sunset, Hampton, shelter box with a gun
Developers lobby, residents groggy
Venice a containment zone, I can’t leave my home
Tents around the school, beach and Rose cesspool
Venice strives, Lost Lives, but they all have knives
Too much alcohol, cant containment them all
Back again, bohemian, Monster on the Median
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Venice is burning, since Bonin’s been earning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, A new day will dawn,
Venice goes on and on and on and on and on and on an on and on and on and on

And if you think Venice is getting crowded, check out these projects for MDR and Del Rey

And if you think Venice is crowded or overbuilding, check out these projects touching Venice.  This is a list of upcoming and current projects in Marina and Del Rey areas.  The list was prepared for a project on Maxella and Glencoe Avenues being heard by the LA Planning Department this week. List was sent to Venice Update by Proposedpaseomarina.

Marina Del Rey Projects
1.  Proposed Project in Del Rey:  11612 W Culver Boulevard, 90230
•           Construction of a five-story mixed-use building.
•           47 rental units and 1,700 square feet of ground level commercial space.
•           62 Parking spaces and 66 Bicycle stalls on a 12,740 square foot site in the C2-1 zone.

2.  AMLI Marina Del Rey:  A new apartment development by AMLI Residential
•           Construction of a Five Story building.  585 apartment units.
•           Six buildings up to 5 stories and 70′ high
•           New 241 boat slip marina
•           New 1,271-Parking space garage

3.  4040 S. Del Rey Avenue:  Seven-story apartment building by California Landmark Group.
•           Construction of seven story apartment building.  250 units.

4.  Neptune Marina: A new apartment development by Legacy Partners on Marquesas Way, Marina Del Rey.
•           Construction of a five-story apartment building.  526 Units.

5.  Proposed Stella Apartment Expansion: Addition of 65 units on Maxella Avenue.
•           Construction of 65 units on what is now a dog park for the Stella Apartment building.

6.  X67 Lofts: 4140 Glencoe Avenue, Marina Del Rey by ETCO Homes
•           Currently under construction.
•           67 Condominium Units ranging in size from 1050 to 1851 square feet.

7.  Trader Joes / West Marine Boating Supply Store / Updated Yacht Club/Mix of other retailers:
•           Part of the 8 acre, U-shaped site on Admiralty Way between Mindanao and Bali Ways.
•           Plans submitted by Pacific Marina Ventures,LLC
•           83,253 square feet
•           The plan includes parking spaces for at least 462 cars and 100 bikes.
•           Pier 44 will set aside another 8,000 square feet for waterfront restaurants and pedestrian promenade.
•           Additional waterfront that’s 28 feet wide.
•           A new location for boating supplies retailer West Marina
•           A new home for the South Corinthian Yacht Club
•           Dept. of Regional Planning acknowledged that traffic at seven intersections – including along Lincoln Blvd. and as far away as Venice Blvd – could be significantly impacted during the evening rush hour, adding that “no feasible mitigation measures exist to reduce these impacts.

8.  Proposed Marriott Residence Inn Hotel on northern portion of Parcel 9U, wetland park on southern portion
•            Proposed dual building hotel
•            6-story, 72’-high Marriott Residence Inn
•            5-story, 61’-high Courtyard Marriott.
•           New promenade improvements, restaurants and amenities.
•           Wetland public park project
•           Project will break ground on Via Marina as early as Summer

9.  Marina Del Rey Hotel on Anchorage
•           Demolition of a 349-slip marina and construction of a 277-slip marina.
•           Massing — Parking–163 spaces for boaters
•           BOS (Building of Safety, Los Angeles County) approved bifurcation of Parcels 42 and 43 into separate leaseholds. Parcel 43 lessee has extended the option agreement for six months to have enough time to procure building permits from DPW. Lessee exercised its option to expand the lease term.
•           Dock replacement will be phased during a 5-year period beginning in 2015

10.  Fisherman’s Village / Gold Coast
•           Nine mixed use hotel/visitor-serving commercial/retail structures (8) 1- and 2-story and (1) 60′- tall hotel over ground floor retail/ restaurant parking structure with view corridor
•           132-room hotel
•           65,700 square foot restaurant/retail space
•           30-slip new marina
•           28 foot-wide waterfront promenade
•           Parking — On-site Parking includes all project required Parking, Parking for Parcel 61 lessee (Whiskey Reds).

11.  Mariners Village

•           Complete leasehold refurbishment of 981 apartments
•            Retail space increase from 2,070 s.f. to 9,000 s.f.
•           New 92-slip anchorage will be constructed
•            New 28 foot-wide pedestrian promenade and public amenities

12.  Villa del Mar
•           Complete leasehold refurbishment of 198 apartments
•           Existing 209-slip anchorage will be renovated commencing no later than 2029
•           Four existing buildings up to 3 stories high.
•           Improved pedestrian promenade and public amenities will be renovated.
•           Parking — Existing open air Parking and Parking structure will be renovated. Total Parking provided on site is 572 spaces.

13.  Mariners Bay
•           Complete leasehold refurbishment of 379 apartments
•           Seven buildings up to 3 stories high
•           Parking — Existing subterranean Parking structure contains 947 Parking spaces.
•           New bicycle depot for public use
•            Improvements to existing promenade and dock gates and public amenities
•            Replacement of existing docks within 6 months of completed of landside renovation

14.  Pier 44/Pacific Marina Venture
•           Build 5 new visitor serving commercial and dry storage buildings
•           Four new visitor serving commercial buildings, maximum 36′ tall and one dry stack storage building, 65′ tall. 771.5 lineal feet view corridor proposed.
•           82,652 s.f. visitor serving commercial space
•           141 slips + 5 end ties and 57 dry storage spaces
•           Parking — 381 at grade Parking spaces will be provided with shared Parking agreement (402 Parking spaces required)

15.  Boat Central / Pacific Marina Development
•           345-vessel dry stack storage facility* 30-vessel mast up storage space* 5,300 s.f. County Boatwright facility
•           81.5′ high boat storage building partially over water.
•           Parking with view corridor parking. All parking required of the project to be located on site
•           The waterside portion of the project was approved by the Coastal Commission on January 9, 2015.

16.  The Boatyard
•           New 921 s.f. ADA Restroom
•           New 3,916 s.f. carport with 14 garage spaces and boater storage
•           Leasehold refurbishment, including new landscaping, hardscape, and waterside walkway
•           One 38′ tall commercial warehouse building and 15′ tall office buildings. New carport storage and office buildings will be 15′ tall
•           Parking — Parking proposed is 147 spaces. The code requires 134 spaces for this use

Developer Proposes Six-Story, Mixed-Use in Del Rey

A six-story, mix-use building is proposed for Del Rey at 4040 Del Rey, 4051 Glencoe, and 13440-13454 Beach Avenues. The hearing will be 23 March, 10:30 am, Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Room 1020, LA 90012.

The developer proposes a six-story (66 feet) 167,710 square foot building consisting of 10,000 sq ft of office/commercial space and 165 residential condominiums. Also there will be a three-story (45 feet) building for self-storage on the 2.29 acre site. Developer is Matt Dzurec, Armbruseter Goldsmith and Delvac LLP.

Heather Bleemers is the hearing officer. Comments and question can be directed to Bleemers at 213-978-0092.

The hearing officer will consider the following

A 35 percent Density Bonus with 11 percent of the total dwelling units reserved for Very Low Income Households, to permit the construction, use, and maintenance of a new mixed-use development with 165 residential units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space, utilizing Parking Option 1 and requesting the following two on-menu incentives:

A 35 percent increase in floor area, not to exceed 1.35:1 in lieu of the maximum 1:1 floor area ratio permitted by Section 6.D of the Glencoe-Maxella Specific Plan thereby allowing 167,710 square feet of floor area in lieu of the 124,310 square feet of floor area otherwise permitted, and

An 11-foot increase in height to allow a building that is 66 feet in height in lieu of the maximum height of 55 feet pursuant to Section 6.E of the Glencoe-Maxella Specific Plan.

A Plan Approval to allow a reduction in the project site from the previously approved 99,877 square-foot site in Case No. APCW-2006-8443- SPE-CU-SPR to a smaller project site consisting of 26,035 square feet; and

Site Plan Review for a project resulting in 50 or more dwelling units.

The Deputy Advisory Agency will consider:

1. A Tract Map for 165 residential condominium units and 10,000 square feet of commercial condominiums; and
2. Adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and Mitigation Monitoring Program for the above referenced project.

Del Rey Avenue Revisited

Del Rey 

Del Rey Avenue between Washington and Maxella used to be very different.  It was filled with motor homes parked all along and people sleeping on the street.  It sounded like one rowdy party at night.  It was a street to be avoided.   Sorry, Update does not have any photos showing what it was like before.

Today, it is a normal street filled with cars going back and forth and cars parked doing business with the stores on Lincoln and Del Rey.  Senior Lead Officer Gregg Jacobus was asked what happened because it is night and day compared with what it was.  Officer Jacobus said “we really worked hard to clean it up.”  Mission accomplished.

Third Avenue revisited is forthcoming.