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Dennison Answers Questions Regarding Venice Median Project

 

Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing, answers the latest questions submitted by Venetians for the Venice Median project, which Dennison calls the Venice-Dell-Pacific

By Becky Dennison

Note: All questions and comments should be sent to venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org.  Also reach out if you’d like a tour of our properties, or to invite us to discuss our plans and vision with any group or organization that is interested.  If you are new to this list, or want to review past information about the plans for affordable and permanent supportive housing on the parking lots at Venice-Dell-Pacific, please visit our website:   http://www.vchcorp.org/new-developments/.

Is City land only being used to build permanent supportive and affordable housing in Venice?  

No.   In the past year or so, 30 City-owned properties have been awarded to developers of permanent supportive and affordable housing through a series of competitive bids.    More properties are expected to be released through this program.   Two are in Venice.   A map of the 30 properties awarded so far is HERE.  

Is it legally allowed to build low-income artist housing in the City of Los Angeles right now?  

Yes.   The federal tax credit program, located in Section 42 of the federal tax code and the main source of funding for affordable housing, currently allows preferential treatment for several groups of people, including artists.   H.R. 3221 specifically created the artist preference in 2008.   There is no LA City law or program that needs to be created or changed for us to move forward with our plans to include low-income artist housing at Venice-Dell-Pacific.   There are affordable artist communities similar to the proposal at Venice-Dell-Pacific already operating in Los Angeles and other Southern California cities.   Beyond being allowed by law, VCH heard from many community residents that they’d like to see low-income artists included and prioritized for housing at Venice-Dell-Pacific and we are looking forward to doing so.  

Please see examples of other low-income artist communities in the City of Los Angeles here:  

NOHO Senior Arts Colony

San Pedro Artist Housing

And another example in Ventura here:

Working Artists Ventura (WAV)

Will the City’s proposed Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Ordinance apply to Venice-Dell-Pacific and/or exempt the project from zoning restrictions, size and density limitations, environmental review and community input?  

Venice-Dell-Pacific is not covered by the proposed ordinance due to its current zoning.   Therefore, none of the PSH Ordinance’s possible streamlining processes apply to the site or the planned affordable and permanent supportive housing development.   The Venice-Dell-Pacific approval process includes a full Environmental Impact Report, the highest level of environmental review, and will follow all regular public approval process with the City and Coastal Commission.   VCH and HCHC support the PSH Ordinance, as we believe it is a strong tool to help increase permanent supportive housing across the City and achieve the goals of Prop HHH.   But it does not apply to our work at Venice-Dell-Pacific.  

How many VCH caseworkers will have or need offices in the buildings?

Venice-Dell-Pacific residents will have access to 4 caseworkers working on site, all of whom will have private or shared office space.   These caseworkers will be part of a larger service collaborative that will ensure access to needed services and resources.  

How can I, or local artists I know living nearby, get on the waitlist for this housing?

Since the development process can be fairly lengthy, we don’t have a waitlist yet.   We will announce the process for opening the existing VCH waitlist, or another waitlist process, after the proposed development receives all approvals and financing.  

What were the delays mentioned in the last email, besides unit sizing?

The two main delays to date have been unit sizes (and associated design processes) and finalizing an approach to the public parking required on site. 

How many folks with serious mental health problems will be housed at the site? And will they be housed if they have had a criminal record with assault in the past? Also how many security guards will be on duty during the night? 

It is important to note that when people have a safe place to live, an affordable rent and supportive services, health and mental health improves and the costs to local government will be reduced.  There is no way to estimate how many people with serious mental health conditions will be housed at Venice-Dell-Pacific, though there likely will be some.   A criminal record of assault does not necessarily exclude people from housing.   There will be well-trained resident management staff on duty overnight, as well as other staffing in the evenings.   We aren’t likely to utilize traditional security guards unless issues arise at the property that warrant that approach.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becky Dennison Updates Readers About Status of Venice Median Project and Answers Questions

By Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing

It’s been a little longer than usual since we sent updates to this list.   Our team has been hard at work examining the site, project proposal, and community input in more detail, and we hit a few minor delays.   Please read below for some updated information and Q&A, and expect to hear more from us in December.   If you are new to this list, or want to review past information about the plans for affordable and permanent supportive housing on the parking lots at Venice-Dell-Pacific, please visit our website:   http://www.vchcorp.org/new-developments/

First, we wanted to announce some good news!   As most of you know, the Venice-Dell-Pacific site is part of a larger City-wide strategy to utilize City-owned land to increase affordable and permanent supportive housing.   Among the 20 sites across the City currently awarded to an affordable housing developer, 3 are in Council District 11 and two are in Venice.

wlasmallThe third site in Council District 11 is the old West LA Animal Shelter on Missouri Avenue – and the good news is that this month the West LA Neighborhood Council approved Tom Safran and Associates proposed project with 78 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing!      Our team, comprised of Venice Community Housing, Hollywood Community Housing, and Eric Owen Moss Architects, is excited about our planned project but also supportive of similar efforts in every neighborhood in our City.   We hope to announce more approvals ongoing, as the need for housing is so great.

Specific to Venice-Dell-Pacific, the last timeline we distributed included a goal of submitting documents for approval to the City in September.   We have resolved some of the issues that caused some delay, and are again moving forward on designs and other analysis to be included in our application.   We now plan to submit our application to the City in mid-December.  We will announce it on this list and the documents are public and will be made readily available.

Below is Q&A we’ve received recently by email.   Please continue to send any questions or comments to venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org.  Please also reach out if you’d like a tour of our properties or to invite us to discuss the planned project with any group or organization that is interested.  We continue to meet with small groups weekly, so send an invite anytime and we will get something scheduled.

Questions and Answers

Questions and other input can be submitted to venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org.

Has Venice Community Housing previously used the CES to house any of its current PSH tenants?  If so, for which buildings?
Yes.  We’ve used CES since its inception for all of our PSH units.  Those buildings include VCH properties on Horizon, Navy, 6th Avenue, Lincoln, Centinela and Slauson, as well as a few other individual units within our remaining buildings.
Note: visit our website or www.lahsa.org for background information on the Coordinated Entry System (CES)

Venice Community Housing and Hollywood Community Housing also co-developed Gateway Apartments, in the Del Rey neighborhood.   Are all 20 units at Gateway Apartments occupied by PSH tenants?   What is the total # of residents living in the 20 units at Gateway?
Yes, it’s 100% PSH.  There are 21 residents there currently, in the 20 PSH units.   There is also one unit onsite for the resident manager, for a total of 21 units.
Note:  visit VCH’s website at www.vchcorp.org or www.csh.org for more details about Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

Regarding the proposed 68 PSH units at Venice-Dell-Pacific, approximately how many are single units and how many are one and two bedroom units?
We don’t know yet.   One of our delays has been around unit size because some of our anticipated funding sources modified their program guidelines and it impacted the size of units in terms of the minimum required square footage.   Until we confirmed all minimum unit sizes, we couldn’t finalize the unit mix.   We are doing that now, and the specific numbers of each unit type will be in our application.

I want to understand the concept behind Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH).  Is there any limit on the time of stay?  What are the requirements for residency?  Are they required to participate in programs that help transition them away from government supported housing?
There is no time limit for PSH tenants.  PSH is permanent housing, not shelter or transitional housing.   The requirements for residency are generally that when applying for housing, you are homeless with a disabling condition, though some funding sources impose additional criteria that must be met for a homeless person to qualify for an apartment. The financing strategy for the Venice-Dell-Pacific site is still evolving, but we will let people know when we have our exact residency requirements.   Tenants of PSH are not required to participate in programs and services, though most tenants  do engage in services provided on-site and/or in the community.   The circumstances for each person vary, but the housing is permanent and not conditioned upon participation in a program.
Repeated Note:  visit VCH’s website at www.vchcorp.org or www.csh.org for more details about Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

I am most concerned with the PSH category of housing.  Could this category of housing include non-sober alcoholics and drug addicts and individuals with a history of severe mental and emotional problems?
Yes.  PSH is specifically intended and designed to house people with addictions, mental illnesses, and/or other disabilities, and there is a very high success rate in doing so.   The housing itself has been proven to be an effective health intervention, and allows people the stability to address their health and mental health conditions far more effectively than when living on the street.   Tenants also have to follow all of the rules of a standard lease, and tenants’ actions must ensure that others peaceful enjoyment is not disturbed.

VCH Director and Architect Moss Unveil Plans for Venice Median

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A crowd anxiously awaited the unveiling of the plans for the Venice Median last week at the Pacific Resident Theatre on Venice Blvd and then vented their responses.

Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing, introduced Eric Owen Moss, the architect. Moss wanted to explain the process that took place in determining the structure/s that he was going to introduce to the audience but members in the audience kept heckling him to show the building.

He explained that he had met the setback and height limits of the Venice Specific Plan and in some cases had exceeded these requirements. With the proposed RAS3 zoning, which means Residential Accessory 3 that translates into a combination of commercial and R-3 zoning, he could go a maximum of 45 feet. He did show an example but it got confusing to the audience. One architect said this zoning was the closest to the RFQ/P  requirement of R-3 with commercial added.

His design puts the required 188-parking spaces in the front building (on Pacific) and puts the required parking for all the residential and commercial units in the second building (near Dell). Apartments are planned to wrap around the parking, which is to be in the center, and the commercial will be on the first floor. The final design will incorporate the public boat access and access for the City maintenance contractor and the required parking for both.
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He showed views in mockup form of the surrounding buildings which he said he tried to capture the various roof-line variations into his design. The design consists of two buildings separated by the canal.  This is what will go in structures.

  • Housing = 75,000 sq ft
  • Neighborhood serving retail/Social enterprise/Flexible arts spaces = 10,500 sq ft
  • Parking = 420 spaces (including 188 existing public parking spaces); Footprint of parking = 37,400 sq ft (continuous ramp layout)

This is the largest piece of property to be developed in Venice, probably since Abbot Kinney’s day. The MTA lot on Pacific-Main, yet to be developed, is larger. The Thatcher yard lot is smaller.

One thing one can count on about Venetians is that the number of people in the group is equal to the number of opinions.

In general people were concerned that the design was not charming, when Moss explained that charming meant a combination of old and new. It looked to them like a large building even though it displayed a lot of architectural relief. Not enough play area for children. The roof will be grassy area; the beach is a block away. Why commercial, “if we are housing the homeless.” At previous workshops, people wanted commercial space.  One person said he would like to move in.

Below is the timeline for the project from final design to funding and pictures of various sides of the buildings.

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Image shown is between the buildings where the canal is.

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Side view.

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Front view of commercial.

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Looking at east end of building facing Dell Ave.

Venice Median Plans Unveiling Will Be 27 June Only

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Plans for the Venice Median will be unveiled for the first time Tuesday, 27 June, 7 to 8:30 pm at the Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd.

It was stated in a previous article on the web and on the email blast Monday that another meeting would be held at the Israel Levin Center, Friday, June 23, and the plans would be unveiled there too. Not true.  This meet will only be informational and mainly for members of the Center.

“Venice Community Housing will  continue engaging the community by scheduling small, 1- to 2-hour events all summer to introduce and discuss the proposed Venice Median affordable housing development,” wrote Linda Lucks of Venice Community Housing.”Small, invitation-only meetings allow people the time and space to express their concerns, offer ideas, and ask detailed questions.” 

Contact Linda Lucks by 15 July at llucks@vchcorp.org if you are interested in hosting a gathering and/or sign up for regular email updates at Venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org.

Dennison Gives Update on Venice Median Project and Answers Questions

Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing, gives weekly progress reports on the Venice Median Project and answers questions.

Upcoming Community Engagement

Presentation and Discussion
Friday, June 23rd
1 to  2:30 pm
Israel Levin Center
201 Ocean Front Walk

Community Meeting to review Preliminary Project Design(s)
Tuesday, June 27th
7 to 8:30 pm
Pacific Resident Theatre
703 Venice Blvd.

“In addition to larger community events, we give tours of our properties upon request and we continue to attend community meetings as invited; please feel free to invite us to come to any formal or informal group of neighbors or stakeholders,” wrote Dennison.  Email venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org to extend an invitation and/or give any other suggestions on expanding community engagement.

Questions and Answers

1) By saying the “city has approved…”  what does that mean exactly?
The Los Angeles City Council?  The Los Angeles City Planning Department? In December 2016, the City Council authorized City staff to enter into a two-year Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with Venice Community Housing and Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, allowing our team to develop a proposal and pursue all public approvals needed to develop affordable and permanent supportive housing at the Venice-Dell-Pacific site.  The ENA was executed in January.  All other public approvals needed to formalize and finalize our proposal, including the Planning Commission and the City Council, have not yet occurred.  They are expected to happen over the next year or so.

2) What is the status of this project with the California Coastal Commission? 
Where does it fit within the Venice Plan? The proposed project has not yet been submitted to or approved by the Coastal Commission.  That process is expected to take place sometime in the next year or so.  The site is within the Venice Specific Plan area.

VCH to Have On-Site Discussions of Venice Median Parking Lot Saturday, 10 to Noon

Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing, lists the upcoming events and answers questions posed by the community members during the week.

Community Design Event/Site Visit

Saturday, April 15th
10 am – 12 pm
Venice-Dell-Pacific parking lots: meet at the corner of North Venice and Pacific
*Please note that you can come by anytime, and 30-minute small group walks/discussions will start every 15 minutes between 10 am and 11:30 am.
This event provides an opportunity to visit and walk the development site, give input on site layout and design, and allow the architects to hear directly from the community before preparing their preliminary design(s).

Flyering and Door-Knocking
Friday, April 7th and 14th
9 am – 11 am
Farmer’s Market and residences near parking lots

Community engagement dates are 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

Considering the exorbitant cost per unit, why not build out of retired transport storage containers? These units can be had for about $4,000 – $5,000 per unit, offer structure, can be mounted on top of each other, and are being used in NYC for micro-living units for taxpaying citizens, and in Boston as well.
Based upon initial research and feedback during the community engagement process, it is likely that the uses and design of this property will prevent the development team from using retired storage containers as housing. However, it is our understanding that the City’s housing team is researching effective implementation of this option for Los Angeles.

All Q&A to date are available at vchcorp.org.

Please email venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org to submit any new questions, as well as other feedback.

Dennison Lists VCH Upcoming Venice Median Events and Answers Questions

Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing, lists the upcoming events and answers the latest questions, all regarding the Venice Median project.

Events

Community Design Event/Site Visit
Saturday, April 15th
10 am – 12 pm
Venice-Dell-Pacific parking lots: meet at the corner of North Venice and Pacific
*Please note that you can come by anytime, and 30-minute small group walks/discussions will start every 15 minutes between 10 am and 11:30 am.

This event provides an opportunity to visit and walk the development site, give input on site layout and design, and allow the architects to hear directly from the community before preparing their preliminary design(s).

Flyering and Door-Knocking
Friday, April 7th and 14th
9 am – 11 am
Farmer’s Market and residences near parking lots

Community engagement dates are 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.

 

This Week’s Q&A

Has the specific zone change and/or floor area ratio (FAR) been decided? 
No, not yet.

Will some of the rental units be occupied by people with mental illness and if so what support services will be on site available to them?
It is likely that some of the units will be home to people with mental illnesses.  At this time, we are including 4 full-time case managers for the site and we are building a multi-disciplinary social services collaborative that will include mental health professionals on and off site.

How is a disruptive tenant evicted, and will it be a long drawn out process or a quick solution? 
Both VCH and HCHC occasionally have to evict tenants that are negatively impacting the peaceful enjoyment of the building for others, or otherwise violate their lease.  We follow required legal procedures and engage outside counsel to ensure that we follow the relevant laws and ordinances.

Will there be 24-hour security?
At this point, we are including 24-hour on-site staffing.  All staff are trained and prepared to address security issues.  The complete security plan has not yet been prepared.

Are all of your properties in Venice?
No.  Venice Community Housing also has properties in Mar Vista and Del Rey and Hollywood Community Housing Corp. has properties in Hollywood and other neighborhoods throughout the County.

Is Venice-Dell a new property?  How do I apply?
Yes, this will be a new property.   Application procedures will be announced later in the development process, and will include specific steps for low-income artists and other low-income households.  Units designated for people who are currently homeless will be filled through the coordinated entry system, so individuals and families should ensure they have completed the process to be in that system.  Individual questions about application procedures will be answered at venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org.

Pardue Talks of Venice Median Project

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By Kip Pardue, whose house abuts the project

I, too, am tired of being made to feel immoral or somehow “wrong” for not embracing this project as it currently stands. The powers-that-be regarding the median project continually surround themselves with blind ideologues who wrap the discussion in gentrification, rich vs. poor, and diversity. Their stories all align to scratch their own itches – spinning stories of homeless families and the “good” they are spreading. While doing this, that group tends to lose the forest for the trees – or possibly the other way around depending on your viewpoint.

I am not against the idea of a development behind my home – I have been clear about this from the beginning (which can be seen from my post many months ago about my meeting with Bonin – and if you do go back and read that, please notice how many things he said 9 months ago – BEFORE developers were chosen, BEFORE the feasibility study was completed, BEFORE HHH passed – have come to pass). I am not against PSH and/or low income units sharing a wall with my property. What I am NOT FOR is supporting the type of thinking that this is somehow about “solving homelessness.” Anything that is being built on this site for the associated costs is about ego, handouts, and greed. It is clear by any metric that this is not the best use of funds to solely combat homelessness. That being said, I do feel there is a place for this type of development here and my list of desires should not be seen as “anti-homeless” or “gentrification.”

I have been part of several meetings with Becky Dennison and EOMA. I find them to be smart and available and positive. What surprised me most about the presentation as it now stands is that not much has seemed to change from Becky’s initial proposal laid out by the RFP. While I have not seen a hard copy of that proposal (it is not public), she spelt out her initial ideas to me in December of 2016. The idea was between 90 and 140 units with interior parking structures on both the east and west of the site using the canal as a divider. This was BEFORE any work with Eric Owen Moss Architects yet the proposal we see now is EXACTLY that. This type of rigid thought is concerning. I am afraid that the process is being run not by creative and skilled professionals or by the desires of the community but by VCH’s few hand-picked proxies. While there were certainly nice nods to some of the ideas I personally have suggested, I feel they were cursory and almost limited.

As things get more detailed and specific, I will have more desires and hopefully will be pleased with new ideas presented. But for now, I have a few thoughts on the presentation that I would like to list publicly.

First of all, can someone please make the PDF of the presentation viewable on a website? I think we have that technology. Please don’t make everyone download it. It should be easy to access for everyone. Awareness of this project is SHOCKINGLY LOW. The younger people of Venice – who most of the VCH supporters see with disdain despite their repeated cries of how they love diversity and are super super tolerant – are just not engaged. THAT HAS TO CHANGE. I blame myself as well. I will continue to activate the Venice that I see on a daily basis (far different than the Venice that shows up to these meetings).

The next immediate gripe is the density. This has nothing to do with WHO is living here – 140 units (which may or may not mean multi-bedrooms for the non-PSH units) is just too much. N Venice Blvd gets crushed with traffic nearly every sunny day in the summer, especially the weekends. When you add in these new people, it will be devastating for traffic – vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian. I have asked that the lights at N Venice and S Venice be addressed – scramble lights like what is going in at Washington and Pacific, but this is only a first step in mitigation. Becky continues to say that one bus running down Pacific is enough for access to public transit, but I think it is ridiculous to call this area “accessible” by public transit. I have taken the bus to LAX and it took me over 1.5 hours. These are the EXACT arguments that nearly every single person in the room on Thursday night would make against this project if it were not labelled “homeless housing.” The people who have fought (and won) against development in Venice – the same people who created much of the housing crisis in Venice – are now supporting a project they have sued and opposed and shut down countless times. Their cries usually sound like this: “Too big!” “Too ugly!” “Too out of scale!” “Too much traffic!!” I am not sure why they are all embracing a project that – regardless of who lives there – will impact the neighborhood in exactly the same way.

Another problem I have – and have had for several months and brought up to Becky and EOMA – is the tremendous burden the parking is on this project. I have not gotten exact numbers, but the footprint of the two parking structures seems to be 70% of the site. Underground parking is a MUST for this project. The parking lots for the public must be privately financed. HHH funds cannot legally be used to build them. Therefore, funding should be secured to build underground parking. Why not sell, say, 10 luxury units to finance underground parking? The added space created will leave more than enough room for units of this type and also possibly open up more green space and opportunity for more retail. It IS possible to go underground here, it’s just expensive. But it MUST be done.

The retail component is also a concern for me. There was a lot of talk of Homeboy Industries and the like. While these are great ideas for the Boardwalk, this are IS NOT the Boardwalk. I do not want the Boardwalk extended into the more residential stretch along Venice Blvd. While I do not think we should have incredibly high end retail, I do think it makes sense to create foot traffic that is bustling and positive and elevating. We don’t need more t-shirts or sunglasses. I have always had a desire for a Grand Central Market type atmosphere along the canal with a permanent farmers’ market and food stalls. I think we must be VERY careful with what retail goes in. With the right kind of attractions, the development will feel alive and beneficial. We cannot let a select few dictate the fate of this street’s future.

Which brings me to my final (initial) concern. Security and the surrounding area. I have told Becky this countless times as well and she simply will not oblige: Please acknowledge that we have a problem in Venice – specifically by this development – that is NOT one of homelessness but one of “travelers” and “crusties.” They commit crimes and create meth camps of unimaginable filth. They hassle residents and tourists and break into cars and homes regularly (including my own). We have RV’s and vans from all over the country taking over our streets. These are different from the homeless who will be helped by this development. They are a problem and one that will not be tolerated any longer. This development team should go the extra mile and guarantee that all of this behavior will be stamped out. The meth camp that is Mildred will be gone. The vans and RV’s along S Venice will be gone. The tents at It’Sugar will be permanently removed. I really don’t think it’s too much to ask of a multi-million dollar development.

As we get further along in this process, I will certainly have more thoughts -both broad and for me and my immediate neighbors, and I hope that they will continue to be addressed.

I will also be starting a legal fund with some neighbors to raise resources to make sure our voices are heard. The bubble that the VCH/Mike Bonin/ crew lives in needs to be popped and legal means will almost certainly be necessary to achieve that. I will provide more information in due time.

I still believe that this project could truly be great and beneficial for Venice. I just want to make sure that ALL of Venice is engaged and we are not steamrolled by a select few who spew hate while claiming to be altruistic.

Preliminary Design for Venice Median Revealed

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Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing (VCH), presented a “preliminary vision for the Venice Median Parking lot—that area between North and South Venice Blvd and between Pacific and Dell—Thursday at Beyond Baroque.

Dennison gave the presentation to a standing-room-only audience (approximately 100) at the small theater. The slide presentation, which is duplicated here, was designed to show the audience what has happened so far, the design that architect Eric Owen Moss Architects has proposed, and what is forthcoming with the project.

The design is a conceptual view of what VCH proposes based on what the community wants, as well as to provide affordable housing, and as well as the requirement to incorporate the existing 188 parking spaces on the property. The existing, required parking space numbers have changed from 177 to 188.

Moss has split the property into two sections– buildings and spaces– and refers to them as east and west of the canals. The ground floors for both east and west buildings will consist of parking. In addition the ground floor for the west will have commercial space and the east will have arts. The canal areas on one or both sides will have community art, as well as provide for public open space. After that the core of both buildings will be parking and the exterior will be affordable/psh housing, followed by a rooftop green space.

Dennison said she would announce next week the upcoming community engagement opportunities, send answers to new questions received, and include an estimated timeline for finalizing the proposal and design for the site.

Dennison asks that any comments or questions be sent to venicedellpacific@vchcorp.org and she says “please feel free to invite us to existing community meetings to make the presentation in person and/or gather comments and feedback.”

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Venice Vision Does YouTube to Explain Venice Median, Development

Venice Vision is a group of Venetians concerned about the development of the Venice Median Parking Lot — that large piece of land from Pacific to Dell between North and South Venice Blvd. This parcel of land has been considered City surplus  and has been designated for homeless housing.

Venice Vision has devoted a lot of time to bring you a website loaded with facts and articles pertinent to development of  the Venice Median at venicevision.org

The YouTube videos above take one thru this development process and explain what is planned or isn’t planned.   A major concern of the group is the refusal of the Venice Community Housing Corporation to make public their original application to build the housing.  The group claims that never in the history of Venice has there been a project developed this way.

There is a Petition regarding Venice Vision concerns on the website Home page under  “Take Action.”