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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

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.

VCH Names Venice Median Project Reese-Davidson Community

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Rendering of proposed Venice Median project to be built between North and South Venice Blvd and east of Pacific.

Venice Community Housing and Hollywood Community Housing have named the proposed Venice Median Project the Reese-Davidson Community.  They have named the Community Arts Center after artist Gregory Hines.

These are words and facts from the Venice Community Housing Monthly Newsletter.
Arthur Reese worked in multiple ways to found and build Venice in the early 1900.  He was considered the lead decorator of buildings and attractions, helping to establish Venice’s unique style. He was also the first African American homeowner in the neighborhood.

Rick Davidson was among the founders of Venice Community Housing, and was a tireless advocate, architect and artist working toward an equitable Venice, region, and world.

Venice Community Housing will honor longtime Venice resident and artist Gregory Hines by establishing the Gregory Hines Community Arts Center.

“We are thrilled to be honoring the amazing and varied contributions of these three community leaders,” read the newsletter.

Dennison Adds 24 January to Venice Median Discussion

By Becky Dennison, Director of Venice Community Housing

This email is to announce an additional date for community engagement related to the potential affordable and permanent supportive housing development at the parking lots at Venice-Dell-Pacific.

Next Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30 pm at Venice Community Housing, 720 Rose Avenue in Venice, we will hold an Informational Session to answer community members’ questions about the development team and the process for development at Venice-Dell-Pacific.

Based on input received to date, we understand there is a need for a question and answer session.  We want to be sure that we answer remaining questions to clarify what the process has been to date, the process going forward, and help people get the information they want in order to give meaningful input on any potential project.  Topics could include:

 

  • The characteristics and past experience of the development team
  • Non-profit community development corporations:  What are they and how are they different from for profit developers?
  • The process for the City’s Requests for Proposals/Qualifications in the Affordable Housing Opportunity Sites (the program that approved the Venice-Dell-Pacific site)
  • Details about affordable and permanent supportive housing: Who can be housed?  How is it financed?
  • Information about existing affordable and permanent supportive housing developments in Venice and throughout the City
  • The future public approval process for any proposed development at this site
  • Other questions and topics of interest to attendees

 

Please note that we will not be able to answer questions about what we are proposing to develop on this site, as there is no specific proposal at this point.  As a reminder, the City’s program requires any proposed development to include affordable and permanent supportive housing as well as all existing public parking.  For details beyond that, we are in the process of preparing a draft proposal, based on the results of community input, and plan to have that ready sometime in February.  We will hold additional meetings and informational sessions when there is a specific proposal to consider and provide feedback on.