January 21, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Property Going Up East of Lincoln

by Melanie Camp.

Property is on the up east of Lincoln Boulevard in Venice. On Wednesday, November 1, Venman, LLC and Venlin, LLC filed plans with the city for a new residential development at 1015 Venice Boulevard, next door to Deus Ex Machina.

Both Urbanize.LA and Curbed Los Angeles reported the new development would replace three existing units with a 65-unit apartment complex. The new building would include six units for ultra-low-income tenants and qualifies for incentives, including a density bonus because it is close to public transport routes. Developments located in Transit Oriented Communities (TOC), within a one-half mile radius of major transit stops, benefit from affordable housing incentives.

Matthew Royce is a local architect and Chair of the Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) in Venice. He told Yo! Venice developments like this are vital to the neighborhood.

LUPC Chair Matthew Royce told Yo! Venice developments like this are vital to the neighborhood. Photo by Melanie Camp.

Because of the location east of Lincoln, the new building would not be subject to the same limitations developments west of Lincoln face, because it is outside the coastal zone.

“Back in the 80’s, the city decided to limit the number of units to one or two,” he explained the idea behind this was to slow growing traffic congestion in the neighborhood. However, Royce said this reduced the supply of housing in Venice, driving up prices, and forcing low-income workers to move out and commute back into the neighborhood to work, ultimately making traffic congestion worse.

“Providing local low-income housing means people who work in Venice can afford to live here and bike or bus to work. Instead of driving,” said Royce. He added, the current Venice Specific Plan is even more restrictive.

Royce believes developments like the one planned would also increase neighborhood diversity. On November 2, the Seattle Times released results from an analysis showing areas dedicated to single-family homes have more than 100 white neighbors for every black one. Whereas, “multifamily zones, where apartments are allowed, are more racially diverse across the city,” the report found.

As the Chair of LUPC, Royce said one of the most significant concerns for neighbors against multi-unit developments in Venice is they bring more people to the neighborhood and with that, more traffic congestion. However, Royce believes creating more affordable housing in Venice will reduce traffic by providing opportunities for people who work in Venice yet “might not be able to live in Venice” because housing is unaffordable, to move into the neighborhood and bike or walk to work.

Last year Angelenos voted in support of Measure JJJ. In a move to incentivize developers to build more affordable housing, the measure stipulates buildings planned bigger than zoning codes allow incorporate a minimum number of affordable units. Also, during construction, developers must hire local workers.

While the new development will replace three smaller buildings, there are already several multi-family complexes nearby.

According to Zillow the property sold in 2015 for $3.2 million and is currently on the market for $6.5 million a drop from the original February 16 listing price of $7.2 million.

While the new development will replace three smaller buildings, there are already several multi-family complexes nearby. Photo by Melanie Camp.
Related Posts

FDA-Authorized Coronavirus Testing at Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel

January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

Drive-thru and walk-up testing seven-days a week   The award-winning Shore Hotel, located steps away from the world-famous Santa Monica Pier,...

‘Doctor’s Office on Wheels’ Homeless and Those at Risk of Losing Homes

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Venice Family Clinic launches mobile clinic van aimed at preventing homelessness By Chad Winthrop A Venice non-profit has launched a...

Edify TV: Ticketing Maskless Angelenos?

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Los Angeles lawmakers want to fine people for not wearing masks. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Missing Man Last Seen in Palms Area

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Chance Olsewski last seen in on the Westside on Friday A missing 20-year-old man was last seen in the Palms...

Video: 25K New Housing Units in LA?

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

With a massive spike in homelessness forecasted, LA lawmakers want to build 25,000 new housing units. Learn more in this...

$50 Million Dollar Doomed Estate of Mohamed Hadid On Market for $8.5M

January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

Today on Westside Cribz, Check on these top things for a safer home, Mohammed Hadid’s $50M dollar estate on sale...

Illegal Marina del Rey Boat Charters

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

The issue of illegal charters brought up at recent County meeting By Toi Creel Officials recently discussed the issue of...

Edify TV: The Westside’s Best Pies

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Here are some of the best pies on the Westside ahead of National Pie Day on January 23. Learn more...

LAPD Arrests Shoreline Crips Gang Member on Suspicion of Murder In Oakwood Park: YO! Venice Show – January, 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * LAPD Arrests Shoreline Crips Gang Member on Suspicion of Murder In...

Popular Coffee Shop Adding New Westside Storefront

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 14, 2021 By Kerry Slater 65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down  A beloved...

Venice Homeless Encampment Fire Spreads to Boardwalk Building

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

Over 100 firefighters respond to Ocean Front Walk fire Tuesday morning By Sam Catanzaro Over 100 firefighters responded this week...

Edify TV: Westside Kids Compete to Keep Beach Clean

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Westside kids are competing to keep the beach clean! Learn more in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.