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Venice's Hotel Ray: The Latest

Our mole attended last night's Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meeting, during which the topic of the Hotel Ray, the controversial hotel proposed at 901 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, was discussed. His bullet points after the jump, but first, his summation of the project: "This development perfectly reflects the tension among the Venice community: People want developments like this (it is beautiful), but everyone is terrified of the density, parking, traffic, and the rush to develop one of the last "develop-able" communities near the ocean."

--Good showing last night; both supporters and protesters of the hotel.
--On one side: Project is a Gold LEED, modern development that would preserve an original Eames warehouse.
--On the other hand: Serious parking needs (they were grandfathering 80 spaces) have to be addressed, among other things.
--What happened: The vote was on a Land Use and Planning Committee report that now withdrew its support for the Hotel, stating that it would require more parking, less height, etc., for the project to go through. The vote was 10 to 4 with one abstention to accept LUPC's recommendation.
· Venice's Hotel Ray: Will It Happen? [Curbed LA]