Venice Place Project Hearing Postponed to Sept. 22
Due to what city officials are calling a “technical issue” with the public notification process, the West Los Angeles Zoning Administrator Hearing on the Venice Place Project set for Sept. 8 was rescheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 1645 Corinth Ave. in West Los Angeles.
The project is a significant redesign of filmmaker Dan Abrams’ planned Abbot Kinney Hotel, which would reconfigure a 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 that also includes a 4,000-square-foot communal “outdoor living room.”
Last week’s cancellation came the afternoon before the scheduled meeting, when officials concluded that the legally required posting of hearing information was incomplete, according to city planner Theodore Irving.
“We understand that this last-minute delay is unfortunate. However, we and the city feel it imperative that the community have a fair opportunity to hear and speak about this important project,” said Greg Reitz of ReThink Development, who is working with Abrams on the concept.
“It has been our team’s practice since the beginning to take proactive measures to ensure compliance with city laws and to make sure that our project is fully vetted with the community,” he said. “As a result, we have voluntarily agreed to accept this brief hearing delay.”
— Gary Walker