A proposed project that would replace the vacated facilities of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Sunset Avenue in Venice continues to draw the interest of the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council.

The project, at 100 Sunset Ave., proposes a mix of residential and commercial uses supported by two levels of underground parking.

Residential uses would occupy several individual structures that would each contain a number of units.

A maximum of 225 units would be constructed.

The proposed project calls for 17 affordable units to be “for sale” to low-income persons.

Commercial uses would include about 10,000 square feet of floor area in a ground floor setting facing Main Street. Commercial and retail space would be occupied by a coffee shop, a retail store, and a health club.

The proposed project would be a gated community with building heights of up to 56 feet, which is 21 feet higher than allowed by the Venice Specific Plan. The project would also remove a Vietnam memorial mural.

The Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council voted Monday, November 8th, to create an ad hoc subcommittee to gather comments on the draft environmental impact report (D-EIR) of the Sunset Avenue project.

The subcommittee is to compile comments and submit a final comment letter to the Grass Roots board of directors for approval.

Venice stakeholders may submit comments in one of three ways:

— by e-mail to lupc@grvnc.org;

— by mail to PO Box 2224, Venice, CA 90291; or

— hand-delivered to the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council office in the Vera Davis Center, 610 California Ave., Venice.

Comments should be addressed to “GRVNC LUPC Subcommittee.”

Comments are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 7th.

The complete Sunset Avenue D-EIR can be found at