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Crimson Holdings , a Los Angeles real estate firm, is planning two separate residential developments in Mar Vista.

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12444 West Venice Boulevard
will be a 77-unit building with 2,100 square feet of retail space,Currently, a two-story retail and commercial center is currently occupying the site, and will have to be demolished  in order to rebuild the 77- unit building. Crimson purchased the center as part of a 16,420-square-foot retail strip for $1.2 million in May, according to CoStar.

12575 West Venice Boulevard
will be the demolition of an existing commercial building, in order to reconstruct the 36,472-square-foot, 52-unit multifamily residential building. Five of the apartments would reserved for “very low income” households.

Crimson specializes in acquiring “multifamily assets in lower-risk markets,” , and pursues redevelopment opportunities in “geographically constrained” areas.

And Mar Vista definetly fits this description. The Mar Vista neighborhood continues to thrive with more Mom and Pop shops opening up on Venice Blvd. It is one of the most expensive L.A. markets for renters right now, with the monthly median rent of $2,950, according to a CoStar analysis. For the greater L.A. area, it’s about $1,800.

A lot of the increase of new shops in the area is due to the high commercial rents on Abbott Kinney.
A lot of stores have told us that they are being priced out of Venice and Mar Vista is a great option, because the neighborhood has the same demographic, and it’s only a mile away from their old location for half of the price.

Back to 12444 Venice Blvd,  Councilman Mike Bonin is disappointed that the Planning Department did not side with the community and require the project’s height to be reduced. As he said that ,”while he supports more housing, especially on transit corridors, he is opposed to the 12444 Venice Boulevard proposal . It is important to note that State law limits how much discretionary ability local governments have in evaluating projects like this. In order to encourage more housing, the State has given developers the ability — under certain circumstances — to get exemptions from City rules regarding height, density, and parking. The developer here has applied for a project that takes advantage of these State rules. “Nevertheless, the Councilmember believes the project is too tall for the proposed location, given that project could end up being the tallest building on Venice Boulevard from downtown to the ocean. He is also concerned that the applicant has not been more responsive to the issues that have been raised by the community.

Mar Vistians agree. We love Mar Vista’s “Gilmore Girls” small-town community, and are fearful of all buildings monopolizing the neighborhood.

“99.9% of the people that spoke at the hearing did not want this. The Councilmember stated he does not want this, but when Planners that will not be effected at all decide that the dollars made off permit fees and taxes build up there Planning Department Coffers, this is what you get. This process needs to change, it “Rigged” in favor of developers so that the City gets paid. This is the start of what will be massive development in Venice Blvd. Benefiting City Coffers and developers pockets. As neighbors and Neighborhood Associations we need to band together financially and file a Law Suite against the City for what will surely effect our quality of life with this one of many very bad discussions they make daily.”
Steve Wallace, a Mar Vista Resident

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Little Fatty elevates Mar Vista even further

The nebulous, unformed Culver City West/Mar Vista/Palms section of Los Angeles has really been booming as of late, with a slew of new and relatively recent additions to the formerly quality-starved stretch.

Case in point: Little Fatty, which officially opens today. Formerly Status Kuo, a (mostly) rotisserie option that never quite found its footing, the Mar Vista location just off Venice Boulevard has been reimagined as an awesome sub-$15 Taiwanese takeaway spot, complete with those ubiquitous white boxes you get from every Chinese restaurant in America.

Except, well, you won’t actually want to take your food to go (though that, along with delivery, will be totally available too), since the attached bar Accomplice is up and running too. Why not pour in with some friends to snack on kung pao chicken or the handmade dumpling of the day, then sneak through the small corridor between the two spaces for a nightcap?

Not that you still needed a reason to get out of your house if you live in Palms or Mar Vista or anywhere nearby. Roy Choi is back to his old ways in the ‘hood with the arrival of Kogi Taqueria, and poke newcomer TikiFish has the fast casual healthy daytime segment covered. Heck, just in the past few days newcomer Canela Cocina has come to light, while details on the soon-to-come Mar Vista restaurant and music venue have been announced. It’s a good time, for once, to be eating in Mar Vista.

Them Super Amazing boys

There’s a new Super Amazing Restaurant Show out now, following a short travel hiatus from the team of Arjun and Nakul Mahendro, plus Alvin Cailan. This one comes live from StarChefs in New York City, and marks episode 9 in what has become one of the most talked-about podcasts within the restaurant community. Get ready for some serious sneaker talk.

Chinese bone broth restaurants are here

Who here has been to Broth, a steamy Chinese/Taiwanese newcomer in Walnut specializing in all things chicken broth? The place has been open since summer apparently but is picking up fans (and currently sports a 4.5 rating on Yelp), with folks at Food Talk Central finally giving it a proper write up.

Pot goes native

There’s a so-called “native feast” coming to Pot in Koreatown next week, with plans serve up everything from fry bread to a lamb shank with a side of kimchi. It’s an eclectic menu, and should make for a fun day on Thursday, November 24.screenshot_2

Already Coined, "Progressive Los Angeles Cuisine."

What’s New and exciting on Venice Blvd…

The Mar Vista

The Mar Vista is created by  Jill Davie, former chef at Josie, and D. Brandon Walker, a  chef at Bread and Rose Cafe, a philanthropic restaurant that serves over 750 homeless people weekly and a Program Manager and instructor of the Culinary Training Program,  Not even open yet, and already the restaurant has been called, “Progressive Los Angeles Cuisine.” In other words, multicultural culinary influences.

 The Mar Vista team knew that they had their work cut out for them when they had  undergone a former divey music venue. But aftercouple of months of intense work, the The Mar Vista is beginning to see the light- literaly. There will be an indoor-outdoor space, communal tables, booths, and lots of open space. And live music!

We’re looking forward to the opening expected to happen next month.

The Mar Vista
12249 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

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Have you ever wondered how Tattoo Parlors get their ink?

Apparently it’s not from the UPS man.

Neither have I until I saw the exciting transaction take place outside of the S.T. Tattoo Studio
off of Venice Blvd and Boise Ave.

Here ‘s how it plays out:

1.  A van shows up outside of the parlor.

2. An employee of the parlor runs out of the parlor and greets the driver.

3. The driver then opens up the side door of the van.

Ok, now this is where it gets good:

When he slides opens the car door, there are shelves of ink bottles everywhere!

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Christmas inside a van!

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Then the tattoo parlor employee picks out the colors, signs and invoice and voila!

The driver slides the door shut and zooms off to his next tattoo parlor.

And that is how tattoo ink gets transported to tattoo parlors.