Los Angeles County intends to adopt a mitigated negative declaration (MND) for the proposed Villa Venetia project at 13900 Fiji Way in Marina del Rey.

The draft MND concludes that the project, as modified with changes and conditions attached to the initial study, will not have a significant effect on the environment.

The draft MND and initial study are available for public review and written comments between April 12th and May 12th from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday (closed on Fridays) in the offices of the Department of Beaches and Harbors Administration Building, 13837 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.

The draft MND is based on the evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of the applicant’s proposed rehabilitation of the existing 224-unit Villa Venetia apartment complex. The project includes rehabilitation of the exterior of all four apartment structures and the interior of the residential units; the removal and replacement of much of the existing vegetation on-site; the reconfiguration of on-site parking; and the enhancement of existing active and passive on-site recreational facilities.

These improvements will not increase the internal floor area, the number of existing rental units at the site, or increase the height of any structure, according to the applicant. None of these improvements will change the intensity of use or density of the existing apartment complex.

Selected materials are available at the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.

Selected materials are also available on the Regional Planning Web site at http://planning.lacounty.gov/case/, or the Beaches and Harbors Web site at http://marinadelrey.lacounty.gov/.

Written comments will be accepted through Wednesday, May 12th by 6 p.m.

All comments should be sent to: Maral Tashjian, County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning, Special Projects Section, 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012-3225.

Contact (213) 974-1516; fax (213) 626-0434.