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REMINDER: VENICE PLACE HOTEL PLANNING HEARING THURS. SEPT. 22 @ 9:30 AM

Benefit Network

Sep 20, 2016 — Dear Friends and Supporters:

WE MUST STOP this block-long, 63,694sq. ft. behemoth BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE -- IT'S JUST WRONG FOR VENICE!!!

As reported in our last update, the Venice Place Hotel hearing was RESCHEDULED, in the 11th hour, to THURS. SEPT. 22, 2016 @ 9:30 AM at:

West Los Angeles Municipal Building
Second Floor Hearing Room
1645 Corinth Avenue, West Los Angeles

WE HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT! IF YOU CAN'T, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO MIKE BONIN (mike.bonin@lacity.org) & JULIET OH (juliet.oh@lacity.org) -- EVEN IF YOU SIGNED THIS PETITION -- TO LET THEM KNOW THIS MONSTROSITY IS NOT WELCOME IN OUR VENICE COMMUNITY! (See sample at the end of this message.)

Here's a recap of just SOME ISSUES this hotel will pose in our community, should it be approved, and why we MUST STOP it:

- Westminster Elementary School is located at 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, DIRECTLY ACROSS the street from the location of this proposed 80-room hotel with 200+ restaurant seats, 2,534 sq ft of ground floor retail space, a 1,735 sq ft spa, 3,371 sq ft of office space!

- Abbot Kinney Blvd., already listed as one of the City’s MOST DANGEROUS streets for pedestrians, is a main thoroughfare with a traffic flow of up to 10,000 vehicles a day! Traffic is heaviest from 7:30 am - 8 am and 2:30 pm - 6 pm, just when children are arriving and departing to and from the school campus. The project is estimated to generate at least 688 more car trips per day on this already gridlocked street.

- The specific traffic impact of the project, per the Mitigated Negative Declaration is increased by 545%, INCREASING dangerous conditions for children and their parents walking to and from school, crossing Abbot Kinney Blvd., Electric Ave., Brooks Ave. This HUGE increase in traffic will ENDANGER children, pedestrians and bike riders, alike.

- There's just NOT enough parking! At capacity (and esp. during special events), 167 parking spaces is NOT enough for this 80-room hotel, 200+ restaurant seats, 2,534 sq ft of ground floor retail space, a 1,735 sq ft spa, 3,371 sq ft of office space, and all the development's employees!

- The developer seeks to tie EIGHT (8) LOTS together, setting a DANGEROUS precedent for future development, since in the Venice Specific Plan, the current number of lots allowed to be consolidated are THREE (3)! The developer apparently hopes to get around this by separating the buildings along existing lot lines (but connected by catwalks which are only accessible through the buildings).

- The developer is seeking approval for a full line of ALCOHOL for ON-SITE & OFF-SITE consumption operating 7:00 am to 1:00 am, provided in the hotel rooms' liquor cabinets, by room service, and through the hotel lobby, outdoor courtyard, hotel lounges, and hotel business center!

- The hotel will, thus, be serving ALCOHOL -- directly OPPOSITE Westminster elementary SCHOOL from 7 am - 1:00 am daily, and could well become a haven for predators, to observe and stake out our school CHILDREN!!!

- The development will SIGNIFICANTLY increase traffic. The one traffic study seen states the project will generate 688 NEW CAR TRIPS a day. Much of this traffic will end up on Abbot Kinney Blvd., but ALL of it will originate at Electric Ave, where the parking garage entrance is located, causing GRIDLOCK at peak times on Electric Ave. and on surface streets in Oakwood. And unlike other recent retail/residential projects on Abbot Kinney, the hotel will be OPEN 24 hours a day, bringing with it TRAFFIC very late at night and early in the morning.

- The hotel will cater to visitors, hotel developers/investors, and other interested parties --- at the EXPENSE of OUR COMMUNITY! WE are the ones who will SUFFER the consequences of this out-of-scale, MONSTROUS commercial project that will, EXPONENTIALLY increase the NEGATIVE IMPACTS ALREADY BEING FELT in VENICE, from HYPER-GENTRIFICATION and EXPLOITATION by GREEDY DEVELOPERS!!!

- Our Venice INFRASTRUCTURE is old and vulnerable. This hotel will only add to the STRESS and STRAIN already being felt on our water & sewer systems; resulting in a MUCH INCREASED probability of system FAILURE in the not-so-distant future!

- By adding 4 "apartments", it appears the developer is trying to create the ILLUSION of a mixed-use residential/commercial development, rather than strictly COMMERCIAL.

- The project has NO off-street loading. Instead, there will be only TWO (2) on-street loading areas on Broadway Ave. Even now, with only a couple of restaurants currently operating on site, loading and garbage collection often partially or completely BLOCKS Broadway Ave.

Let’s make sure OUR voices are heard and OUR presence is felt.

If you can, please COME TO THE ZA PLANNING HEARING THURS SEPT. 22, 9:30 a.m. @ West Los Angeles Municipal Building -- 2ND Floor Hearing Room. 1645 Corinth Avenue, WLA.

Thank you,
TBN

If you can or cannot attend PLS SEND EMAIL to City Planner, Juliet Oh, and Councilman Mike Bonin -

Email: Juliet.Oh@lacity.org, mike.bonin@lacity.org

SAMPLE:

SUBJECT: Case # ZA 2012-3354 - 1011 Electric Avenue and 1021-1051 South Abbot Kinney Boulevard

(Date)

Juliet Oh
City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
West/South/Coastal Project Planning
200 North Spring St. Rm 720
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1186

Re: Case# ZA 2012-3354 (CUB)(CU) (CDP) (SPR)(SPP)(MEL)
CEQA# ENV-2012-3355-MND-REC1 - 1011 Electric Avenue and 1021-1051 South Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice CA 90291

Dear Ms. Oh:

I am opposed to the Venice Place hotel project. It is too big for the neighborhood. It contradicts the intent of the Venice Specific Plan and the Venice Coastal Land Use Plan. It will create serious traffic and parking problems for the neighborhood, especially nearby Oakwood residents and poses a threat to our children at Westminster school, directly opposite.

As follows:

- There'S NOT enough parking. At capacity (and esp. during special events), 167 parking spaces is NOT enough for an 80-room hotel, 200+ restaurant seats, 2,534 sq ft of ground floor retail space, a 1,735 sq ft spa, 3,371 sq ft of office space, and all the development's employees!

- The developer seeks to tie 8 LOTS together, which will set a DANGEROUS precedent for future development since the current number of lots allowed in the Venice Specific Plan to be consolidated are 3. The developers apparently hope to get around this by separating the buildings along existing lot lines (but connected by catwalks which are only accessible through the buildings).

- The developers are seeking approval for a full line of ALCOHOL for ON-SITE & OFF-SITE consumption operating 7 AM to 1:00 AM provided in hotel room's liquor cabinets, by room services, and through the hotel lobby, outdoor courtyard, hotel lounges, and hotel business center.

- The hotel will, thus, be serving ALCOHOL -- directly OPPOSITE Westminster elementary SCHOOL and could well become a haven for predators, to observe and stake out the school CHILDREN for their perverted pleasure!!!

- The development will SIGNIFICANTLY increase traffic. The one traffic study we've seen states the project will generate 686 NEW CAR TRIPS a day. Much of this traffic will end up on Abbot Kinney Blvd., but ALL of it will originate at Electric Ave, where the parking garage entrance is located, causing GRIDLOCK at peak times on Electric and on surface streets in Oakwood. And unlike other recent retail/residential projects on Abbot Kinney, the hotel will be OPEN 24 hours a day, bringing with it traffic very late at night and early in the morning.

- By adding 4 "apartments", it appears the developer is trying to create the illusion of a mixed-use residential/commercial development, rather than strictly commercial.

- The project has NO off-street loading. Instead, there will ONLY be 2 on-street loading areas on Broadway. Even now, with only a couple of restaurants operating on the site, loading and garbage collection often partially or completely BLOCKS Broadway.

Please DO NOT APPROVE this project.

Thank you,

(Name and address)

cc: Councilmember Mike Bonin
mike.bonin@lacity.org


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