Venice-based GVS Properties is planning a small mixed-use development on Ocean Front Walk, according to an application submitted yesterday to the City of Los Angeles.
Since 2014, the developer has sought to raze three vacant structures at 811-815 Ocean Front Walk to make way for a three-story edifice featuring apartments atop a street-level restaurant. While GVS received entitlements for the project in 2017, its approvals were overturned in 2018 by the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, in part because it would have replaced nine existing dwellings with just two apartments - a net reduction of seven apartments.
The revised project is similar to its predecessor - calling for a three-story building with a ground-floor restaurant - but also calls for nine residential units, at least some of which would be set aside for lower-income households. GVS is seeking entitlements with Transit Oriented Communities affordable housing incentives, including a requested height increase to 39 feet.
Reed Architectural Group is designing the project, according to the filing.
The proposed development comes as the City of Los Angeles considers the changes taking place along the Venice Boardwalk, including a call from Councilmember Mike Bonin to ban chain stores in the popular tourist destination.
Earlier this week, Bonin also introduced a motion which directs the Planning and Housing Departments to prepare a permanent ordinance to implement the Mello Act - the 1982 legislation which is intended to preserve and increase the supply of affordable housing in coastal areas such as Venice.
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