Dear Mr. Netburn, the VCHC's proposal is too tall, too dense, has too little parking, and is way out of character with Venice. It is extremely out of step with both the Venice Specific (land-use) Plan and the desires of residents for Venice to remain a low-rise community. Approving its 45-foot height and almost no parking will set a dangerous precedent. Send it back to the drawing board!
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Thanks for helping stop this classic example of over-development.
I am writing on behalf of the Venice Stakeholders Association to oppose the Rose Apartments project proposed for the former site of the offices of Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC) unless the project’s height, setbacks, façade, landscaping and parking are modified.
As is readily evident from elevations of the project presented on VCHC’s website, the project will tower over all nearby structures. Further, the massing, height and lack of required parking stand in extreme violation of the Venice Local Coastal Specific Plan.
- Building Height: The 720 Rose project should be limited to three stories with a 33-foot high flat roof. Placing the residential portion of the project on top of the commercial portion does not give the applicant a right under the density bonus to a 40 foot height, just a 30 foot height. The applicant should be told to remove the corporate office space or remove one floor of residences.
- Landscaping: The 720 Rose project should be designed with landscaping in order to enhance visual quality. To preserve water, the side of the project facing the public street, Rose Avenue, should be landscaped with large canopy street trees and low water use plants, consistent with City requirements.
- Parking: With a reduction to 33 feet in height as recommended above, the number of units would be reduced to 22, so project parking requirement should be: