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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Marina to have fireworks on the Fourth of July


Fireworks will begin at 9 pm on the Fourth of July and will be off the jetty.

Summer Concert Series at Burton Chase Park

The Summer Concert Series starts with Opera at the Shore, July 12 at 7 pm, Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey.


Pumping Plant Construction Will Continue and General Information



Marina del Rey’s Via Marina is an obstacle course for cars to the jetty because of the pipeline construction which will continue for a couple of years. Nick Antonicello asked questions of Eileen Schoetzow, a spokesman for the Venice Auxiliary Pumping Plant, and passed both the questions and the answers to Update for publication.

What will be the hours of construction?
Construction Hours – The operation of construction equipment shall occur only between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturdays. No construction activity shall occur on national holidays or at any time on Sundays. Access to the construction site may occur prior to construction hours for the purpose of set up, conducting safety meetings, etc. The use of the pile driver, grader and jackhammer construction equipment shall be limited to the hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, specific work related to the VAPP connection to the manifold will be exempt from these hours, along with any emergency conditions or unforeseen work that would require the use of this equipment to complete a specific task in one continuous work event. Haul trucks can only access the site through local neighborhood streets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Construction personnel shall not be permitted on the Project Site (including laydown and storage areas) outside of the hours of 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Material or equipment deliveries and collections shall not occur outside the hours of 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. In addition, no construction worker parking would be allowed along Hurricane Street or on adjacent local streets. Construction workers shall park offsite and arrive by shuttle to the construction site, as arranged by the construction contractor.

Will construction be conducted on weekends?
The operation of construction equipment shall occur only between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturdays. No construction activity shall occur on national holidays or at any time on Sundays.

What amount of cubic yards of fill will be excavated and removed on a per day basis?
10,000 cubic yards of soil will be excavated, of which approximately 2,300 cubic yards would be stockpiled at 128 Hurricane St and approximately 7,700 cubic yards will be stockpiled offsite. If needed, up to 3,850 cubic yards will be imported (returned) back to the VAPP site use as backfill. The balance of the exported soil is expected to be used as cover at an area landfill, such as Sunshine Canyon. The excavation and hauling phase will last about 3 months. 6 days a week for 12 weeks = 72 days. 7,700 cy/72 days = approximately 107 cy per day.

How long will the first phase of excavation take and what will be the impact on local streets and traffic?
Excavation will take approximately two to three months. The number of haul truck trips generated by the project are expected to be up to a total of 48 daily one-way vehicle trips. The CEQA threshold for traffic trips is 500 per day or 48 peak hour trips. Based on this criteria, there will be no significant impact to local streets and traffic.

During the various construction phases of the project, travel by construction workers and truck hauling of supplies and disposal would generate trips on the regional and local transportation system surrounding construction site. These trips would represent temporary increases during defined phases of construction and, upon completion of construction, would cease. The primary off-site impacts resulting from the movement of construction trucks would include a short-term and intermittent lessening of roadway capacities due to the slower movements and larger turning radii of the trucks compared to passenger vehicles. Drivers could experience delays if they were traveling behind a heavy truck. It is assumed that the soil hauling truck traffic would occur before the morning and afternoon peak commute hours. As such, the construction traffic impacts on the regional transportation network associated with the project would be short-term in nature and limited to the period of time when construction activity is taking place.

Will you make a more specific and final presentation before construction and will notifications be sent to those affected residents by letter?
Yes, the City Planning Department will send the Venice Neighborhood Council (NC) the Planning application with details and specifics soon. We can come out and present again once the application is mailed to the NC and to all the neighbors within a 500ft radius of the project site. City Planning will also send a hearing notice out next week for their hearing which is anticipated to be held sometime in early December . Just let me know when you receive City Planning’s packages and when you want us to come out again. We will be glad to get into more detail about the project.

Shuffle with the Shuttle — It’s Free


Free Beach Shuttle service now operates year round with stops at Marina Beach, Waterside Shopping Center, Playa Vista, and the Venice Beach Pier.  Get the schedule and get going.

Make it better?  Do a three-minute survey regarding the service.


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

Venice – Marina del Rey 4th of July 2017

Crowds on the Ocean Front Walk, the pier, and the beach seemed to be noticeably less than previous years. The fireworks display over the marina was definitely the big attraction for the day and drew the crowds.


This was the only bathroom that had much of a line.

Washington Blvd was closed west of Pacific.

There were several large gatherings of sunbathers but a lot of open space for sunbathers.

There was a definite police presence and most of the streets leading to the Ocean Front Walk were blocked by police cruisers.

Neighbors displayed their flags and some decorated their lawns. This lawn in the Oxford Triangle is consistently decorated for the season.

Some wear the colors.

Ocean has rain run-off debris


Ocean filled with run-off debris after rain that hit area Wednesday and Thursday. This photo was taken at the jetty

It’s a neap tide!

Really low tide. Jetty to breakwater.

Really low tide. Jetty to breakwater.

Full moon.

Full moon.

These are called neap tides. When the moon is full or new, the gravitational pull of the moon and sun are combined. At these times, the high tides are very high and the low tides are very low. They occur when the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon are in a line.

ET-94 Arrives; Leaving Late Friday


NASA’s external fuel tank ET-94 arrived early Wednesday morning in the Marina to the constant chatter of the helicopters. It will be leaving Friday for permanent placement at the Space Center.

ET-94 Arrives Wednesday; Goes Home Friday

NASA’s last remaining space shuttle fuel tank, ET-94, will be displayed in Marina del Rey from May 18-20, before making its way to the California Science Center to join the Endeavor space shuttle display.

To celebrate this historic event, the Department of Beaches and Harbors is organizing a “Party in the Park” on Friday, May 20 from 5 – 9 pm. The event will feature a DJ, food trucks, science exhibits, space-themed activities, and more!

Public lots are available throughout the Marina. Rates range from $5 – $15. Please click here for a map.

NOTE: On Friday, May 20 there will be very limited parking in lots on Fiji Way, so the best areas for parking are Lots #4 on Mindanao Way and #5 on Bali Way.

◦ To facilitate transit between the Marina’s public parking lots to ET-94’s location in Fisherman’s Village, a Beach Shuttle and water taxi service will be available for FREE! Click here for a route map & schedule.


The External Tank is scheduled to leave the Marina the night of May 20 at midnight. Various street closures and detours will be in effect 10 pm to 1 am.