The Venice Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Association (VBSIA) is inviting the public to view project designs at 4 p.m. Saturday, December 2nd, at Venice Grind Coffee Shop, 12224 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista.

The association was formed to work on improving and beautifying Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista from Walgrove Avenue to Sawtelle Boulevard. The pilot project area is the two blocks of the median from Centinela Avenue to Grand View Boulevard.

The City of Los Angeles has been working with the Venice Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Association to renew the irrigation system and clear unusable plants that are not part of the design overlay chosen by the community.

A design by Katie Spitz of Katherine Spitz Associates Incorporated was presented to and voted for by some members of the public at an earlier date.

Spitz presented two possible designs and donated her time to the Mar Vista community.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, a Mar Vista resident, previously presented a $100,000 check, earmarked from district street improvement funds, to the Venice Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Association to be used for Venice Boulevard improvements.

“Venice Boulevard is Mar Vista’s Main Street,” Rosendahl said. “It is time to make this community shine and to let everyone in Los Angeles know what a beautiful neighborhood Mar Vista is.”

The initial plans include installing 22 decorative trashcans, trimming 154 trees and replanting two medians.

Money allocated from the Mar Vista Community Council has gotten the project off the ground. Future plans call for beautification of the entire Mar Vista stretch of Venice Boulevard medians and sidewalks.

The Venice Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Association will be looking to the private sector for additional funding to complete the project.

To make a tax-deductible donation or for other information, stevew@marvista.org

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