Yes, more changes!
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1504 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1327 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Edition 5 focuses on the significant number of transitions on Abbot Kinney Blvd.
1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1219 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1140-1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1132-1136 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1308-1312 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1505 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1144-1146 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Transition or Transformation?
1033 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Imagine Venice, Edition 6 will focus on this city-block-long proposed hotel and will discuss its impact on our community.
Asset or Liability?
Craig Weiss, owner of Local 1205 has filed an application again to sell beer and wine at his market / restaurant. In 2010, he unsuccessfully filed a Conditional Use Permit for the sale of beer and wine for on-and off-site consumption. Both the permit and his appeal were denied. Now, he’s trying again. What’s changed?
At this writing we are not certain what requests are being made on his latest application but we have noticed an obvious “table creep” underway at Local 1205 with the very evident installation of increased seating. Weiss’ former request for 29 seats (including outside seating) was denied. Does Weiss have a permit for the number of seats he is filling at his ‘market’ now? Does his new filing include a request for even more?
The Other Room, also owned by Mr. Weiss, is a constant late night noise generator and we worry that the adjacent Local 1205 with a beer and wine license will only make the situation worse. We will keep you informed as this application moves through the City.
We would like to point out another great example of a neighborhood friendly building on Abbot Kinney.
1360 AKB houses a brick building that is more than 80 years old. It has been occupied for many years by one tenant, Lucky Stop No 2 Liquor. This shop was certainly unmemorable with its typical urban liquor shop facade.
The new owner divided the building in half, created a very snappy piece of architecture housing the liquor store and the new Will Leather. As you can see, this remodel is a wonderful addition to the texture of AKB.
ImagineVenice says ‘thank you’ for another terrific architectural transformation.
The recent purchase of five properties on Abbot Kinney including 1103, 1118 & 1126, 1201, and 1205 by Blatteis & Schnur, a major developer and investment firm, is significant. They are professional developers with particular expertise in catering to high-end tenants. Their history (according to their website) includes leasing to major tenants such as Barney’s and Cheesecake Factory.
With the entry of these buyers, we are seeing more national and international development attention coming to our town. Historically, Venice property has passed between buyers and sellers more intimately familiar with our community. Blatteis & Schnur are investors who appear to have a made a strategic purchase.
Let’s hope that these “big boys” take time to understand our community and choose to nestle in and take their place on the Street as if they have been here for years. They now own 4 iconic brick buildings. We invite them to walk the street and check out the new Tom’s and FEED body & soul. As we mentioned recently, these two new remodels really fit beautifully on the Street and look like they have been here for years.
We encourage Blatteis & Schnur to protect our unique aesthetic with thoughtful remodeling of these iconic facades as a way of preserving value for everyone. We have already experienced the double-lot remodel at 1308 AKB in the style of a more typical commercial shopping arcade that could easily be on Rodeo or in the Promenade. Unfortunately, this remodel has gotten many negative comments from friends and neighbors of the Street.
We look forward to saluting Blatteis & Schnur for thoughtful and beautiful remodels in future editions of ImagineVenice!
The images below are the three newest additions to the roster of stores and restaurants on Abbot Kinney. Two of the three new developments deserve real praise for their sense of scale and determination to fit right into our neighborhood, while the third development with its mini-mall Rodeo Drive aesthetic misses the mark.
We appreciate and applaud the efforts of the new Tom’s and the soon-to-be opened FEED Body & Soul.
Welcome to the neighborhood!
Only positive local influence on future developments will save our distinctness. Development is inevitable. We can make a difference by demanding that future development fits into our neighborhood. Our commitment to you is to inform you of what development issues face our community. We want your voices to be heard in the city and by the developers. Please join us.
Stay informed and speak up if you want to keep Venice unique and special. Encourage new projects that maintain our community’s ambiance. If you don’t, Venice will be lost forever. We will be left here only to dream and ImagineVenice as it was and could have been…if only we had paid more attention.
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We understand that nothing stays the same. We are interested in promoting any new projects with the appropriate scale and look that maintains our unique and cohesive sense of community. We want to encourage developers to create buildings that will fit in and enhance our already vibrant neighborhood.
To protect what we have, we will insist that new developments consider our unique ambiance first and foremost. Our priority is to maintain the character of the Street and our community. If we don’t participate in the civic debate concerning the development in our community, we will be defeated by powerful influences driving their own vision. A vision whose highest goal is commerce and profit, not community and culture. Our Venice uniqueness is threatened and could be gone forever. If we do not engage in this community building, we will only have ourselves to blame for the homogenization that could occur and that we see all around us in other Westside communities.