A Home For All Seasons – garden and home decor retailer on Abbot Kinney Blvd, has moved to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.
As with all business closings I find out about – I do some online research to see what new thing will be going in and what old stuff will sadly be torn down. The propery in question is 1136 Abbot Kinney Blvd – and my research lead me to some zoning applications that would mean the restoration of this 1908 cottage and a new restaurant with outdoor seating. The application was denied twice. Increased traffic and parking issues seemed to be what killed it.
The Venice Neighborhood Council website has a great list of properties undergoing changes and the status of the zoning applications. It seems that most proposals are turned down due to parking concerns.
I am not as involved in these things as some of my fellow Venetians, but I’m wondering if anyone has ever proposed a parking structure in the vicinity of Abbot Kinney? It seems a shame that new businesses are being turned away (especially those that want to keep our old buildings and houses intact) because of a lack of parking. If we want Abbot Kinney to be the new It Street, we really need to solve the parking problem. I imagine there is opposition, due to fears that it will somehow damage the appearance and vibe of AKB*. With all of our resident architects and designers, I’m sure a suitable structure could be built. It’s only a matter of time before it needs to happen, right?
Am I way off base?
(*I’m gonna start abbreviating Abbot Kinney Blvd. See if it catches on…)