Two of the most prolific builders of subsidized affordable housing in Los Angeles have submitted plans to develop a mixed-use development on a collection of city-owned parcels abutting the Venice Canals.
The Reese Davidson Community, which is being jointly developed by Hollywood Community Housing Corp. and Venice Community Housing Corp., would rise from a 2.65-acre site bounded by Venice Boulevard, Pacific Avenue, Canal Street, and Dell Avenue. Plans call for the construction of a nearly 106,000-square-foot structure featuring 140 apartments - including 136 deed-restricted affordable units and four managers units - with on-site supportive services 4,065 square feet of retail space to be used as an art studio and a cafe. The project would also include somewhere between 395 and 436 parking spaces, which would serve tenant needs and replace an existing surface lot used by nearby businesses and beachgoers.
Residents at the proposed apartment complex would include artists and formerly homeless individuals. The units are to be priced at the low- and extremely low- income levels.
Eric Owen Moss Architects is designing the Reese Davidson development, which would range between 35 and 67 feet in height with a decorative campanile to be located at the northwest corner of the property. Renderings portray a sand-colored low-rise structure, which a project information sheet indicates will include open spaces including a community arts center and multiple roof decks.
Per the Venice Community Housing website, the project is named for "two contributors to the history and culture of Venice."
Arthur Reese, the first African-American homeowner in Venice, helped establish the neighborhood's style in the early 20th century.
Rick Davidson, a co-founder of Venice Community Housing, was an architect an advocate.
The project also honors the late Gregory Hines, for whom the on-site community arts center is to be named.
Construction of the proposed development will require several discretionary entitlements from the City of Los Angeles, including a general plan amendment and a zone change.
For more information on the Reese Davidson Community, visit the Venice Community Housing website.
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