Venice “beautifier” plans to replace DMV in Pacoima with apartments

J. Kevin Brunk would build 246 units on top of 28K sf grocery store

Rendering and aerial of 11623 North Glenoaks Boulevard (Getty, Archeon Group)
Rendering and aerial of 11623 North Glenoaks Boulevard (Getty, Archeon Group)

Developer J. Kevin Brunk, the “unofficial beautifier” of Venice, has set his sights on replacing a defunct DMV in Pacoima with 246 apartments atop a grocery store.

The head of Marina del Rey-based 118 LP has filed plans to tear down the state Department of Motor Vehicles licensing center and build the mixed-use complex at 11623 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Urbanize Los Angeles reported.

The DMV closed last year north of the 118 Freeway because of a shrinking state budget and the ease of providing services online.

Plans call for bulldozing the 20,000-square-foot building and replacing it with a six-story, 246-unit complex on two-thirds of an acre south of the city of San Fernando.

The building would include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments above a 28,000-square-foot grocery store, with parking for 320 cars.

Brunk, who also heads JKB Construction, Management and Development out of the same Marina del Rey office, has requested density bonus incentives to build a larger building than zoning rules allow in exchange for 28 affordable units.

Sign Up for the undefined Newsletter

The white complex, designed by Koreatown-based Archeon Group, would include mission-style motifs such as an arched colonnade and large arches etched into the building, a presumed nod to the nearby Mission San Fernando Rey de España.

The complex, which would be stepped down at the rear next to a single-family neighborhood, would include a playground, yoga area, picnic ground and barbecue area.

Brunk, a builder and artist who lives in Marina del Rey, helped turn what was once Washington Boulevard in Venice from a funky strip for artists and surfers in the 1980s into the hotspot now known as Abbot Kinney Boulevard, according to a profile in The Corsair.

Dubbed the “unofficial beautifier” of Venice, Brunk planted palm trees, revived the Abbot Kinney Festival and led a campaign to rename the corridor in honor of the founder of Venice, Abbot Kinney.

— Dana Bartholomew

Read more

Mayor’s fast-tracking initiative displaces tenants of LA’s rent-controlled apartments
Los Angeles
LA Mayor’s fast-track housing directive displaces tenants
LA Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins and a rendering of the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Line (LinkedIn/Stephanie Wiggins, Metro)
Los Angeles
Feds pledge $900M for San Fernando Valley light-rail line
Los Angeles
67k sf warehouse in works for Pacoima