Venice Place Project Heads Toward the Finish Line
UPDATE: Due to what city planners are calling a “technical issue” with public notification, the West Los Angeles Zoning Administrator hearing for the Venice Place Project has been postponed to 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 at 1645 Corinth Ave., Room 200, in West L.A.
A boutique hotel concept may be headed to Abbot Kinney Boulevard if city planning officials greenlight the plans next week.
With a mix of existing structures and new construction, the Venice Place Project would reconfigure the block of Abbot Kinney between Broadway and Westminster Avenue to include 84 new hotel rooms in a mix of retail, restaurant and creative office space.
The project’s conceptual centerpiece is a 4,000-square-foot communal “outdoor living room” surrounded by a new restaurant/bar, an office suite and the new Hal’s Bar and Grill (formerly Primitivo). The hotel portion is three stories.
Wending its way through the planning process for more than three years now, the Venice Place Project has gained support since a significant reboot of the design about 16 months ago.
Owner Dan Abrams, a film producer and longtime Venice local, tapped Venice architect David Hertz to reconfigure the former Abbot Kinney Hotel Project into a collection of detached buildings instead of a single structure, creating several pedestrian walkways through the project.
The West Los Angeles Zoning Administrator will hear a presentation by Abrams and his team during a public hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, on the second floor of the West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave., West L.A.
— Gary Walker