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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Dennison Shows Residents Concept Drawings of the Reese-Davidson Affordable/PSH Housing Project

(11 July 2019) Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing (VCH), shows the concept drawings that they have decided represent the input from the neighborhood for the project they plan to construct between North and South Venice Blvd, between Pacific and Dell Ave.  Dennison asked for more input.

Formerly called the Venice Median, the Reese-Davidson Community project will consist of 136 residences for affordable/psh housing and four residences for property management staff. The project will have 395 parking spaces, 188 of which will replace the present 188 spaces available on the lot. The two buildings will range in height from two to three stories and will have the parking inside the units that will form the perimeter of the project.

The project will also have 3100 square feet of community arts space, community serving retail, rooms for tenant and public use.

Three VNC Committees to Hold Public Meet 8 Jan to Discuss Need for EIR for Venice Median Project; Special VNC Meet Will be Held 15th

Three Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) committees — Neighborhood, Parking and Transportation, Land Use and Planning — will meet publicly 8 January, 6:30 pm, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd to provide reasons for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Venice Median project now known as the Reese-Davidson Community. The public is invited to attend.

The VNC will hold a special meeting the 15th to vote on this motion because the normal VNC meet will not be until the 22 which does not comply with the deadline of the 21st for the EIR request. Time and place for the 15th meet has not been established yet.

It is hoped that an impartial City representative will give stakeholders an overview of the process. Here is a EIR FAQ sheet.

This project will occupy the parking lot between North and South Venice Blvd, between Pacific and Dell Ave that is now zoned Open Space. The Venice Median project proposes 140 units half of which will be affordable and the other half permanent supportive housing.

The one item on the agenda states the NHC, LUPC, and PTC propose that the VNC issue a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Mike Bonin, Vince Berlo, Kevin Keller, Johnny Le and the Los Angeles Planning Commission that urges full and formal attention paid to the following areas in preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed development on the Venice Median (AKA Reese-Davidson Community) Areas of Concern will be listed.

Jim Murez, chair of the Parking and Transportation committee, touched briefly on traffic mitigation measures that should be included in the project at the December VNC meeting.

VCH Submits Plans for Reese Davidson Community 140-Unit Project

Venice Community Housing (VCH) submitted their 140-unit affordable/PSH project to City for City approval, 12 December.

Project is now called the Reese Davidson Community and is located between North and South Venice Blvd, between Pacific and Dell. It is a joint effort with Hollywood Community Housing.

The 140 units will have 50 percent for formerly homeless households, 25 percent for low-income artists, and 25 percent for other low-income households. The site will also have a community arts center, small scale retail, public parking, residential and commercial parking, wide setbacks from the sidewalk, various open and green spaces, and multiple opportunities for public art. Project must provide for 188 parking spaces that were available on property.

There will be eight full-time staff, four of whom will live on-site, providing the capacity for 24-hour staff coverage. The height of the residential buildings vary from one to three stories and there will be a taller feature to define the corner of North Venice Blvd. and Pacific Ave.

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process is tentatively scheduled to begin 14 January, 5 to 7 pm at the Oakwood Recreation Center.

DuFay Gives Reese-Davidson Dates

Reese-Davidson Community Housing

Reese-Davidson Community Housing




By Darryl DuFay

The Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC) and Hollywood Community Housing Corporation ((HCHC) are the co-developrs of the proposed 140 units homeless housing project on the Venice Blvd. “median.”  The City refers to as the Venice-Dell-Pacific site.   This is same project that Venice Update calls the Venice Median.

The VCHC/HCHC recently changed its name to Reese Davison Community.

A little background:

1. Sept. 15, 2016.   VCHC / HCHC submitted to the City their Request for Qualifications / Proposals (RFQ/P) for a Affordable Housing Opportunity Site called  “Venice-Dell-Pacific.”

2. Dec. 2016.          Their RFQ/P was approved.  Unfortunately for the Venice Canals community they refused numerous requests to release the Plans that were submitted.

3. Jan 11/12, 2017  The co-developers signed a two year Exclusive Agreement with the City of Los Angeles (see below).  Sixteen months later and they still have NOT made the project Plans public.  The Agreement terminates on Jan 2, 2019 unless it is extended.

4. March 2018They published a Project Overview with an “Approximate Timeline” (see below).  Still no plans.