Thomas Safran moves ahead with 98-unit affordable resi in Venice

Project faced opposition from locals, but the developer scaled back proposal

September 26, 2018 11:00 AM
Thomas L. Safran and the Thatcher Avenue site

A public-private partnership is moving forward with a scaled-back plan for an affordable housing complex in Venice.

The Department of City Planning accepted an application for the 98-unit updated version on Tuesday.

The developer, Thomas Safran & Associates, wants to build one- to three-story apartment buildings for seniors and families. The project is slated for 3311-3233 S. Thatcher Avenue, a vacant two-acre parcel of city-owned land known as Thatcher Yard.

The low-slung design was in response to community concerns that a tall complex would change the area’s single-family home character, according to Venice Update, a local blog. Thomas Safran first revealed plans for the updated version in December 2017.

A group called Oxford Triangle Association formed to oppose an earlier version of the project, which called for 150 units. The revised plan has the support of a City Council member Mike Bonin.

The city tapped Thomas Safran to redevelop the site in late 2016. It once housed city-owned street maintenance equipment used in the area.

The Brentwood developer builds both market-rate and affordable projects and manages 61 properties in the L.A. area. It’s working on a 68-unit affordable senior living facility in Hollywood.