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Victory for Venice's Lincoln Place

Uh, best week ever for Venice preservationists? In a battle that's been going on since 1991, a state appellate court ruled yesterday that tenants of Lincoln Place, a 795-unit apartment complex in Venice, can stay in their rent-controlled units. "I'm ecstatic," Laura Burns, a 59-year-old filmmaker who was removed from her Lincoln Place apartment by sheriff's deputies two years ago told the LA Times. Compelling photos of the lockouts can be seen here.
Officials originally approved the project, but then developer AIMCO-Venezia started kicking everyone, despite an agreement to place tenants in other units within the complex. Also, now the tenants may be able to sue the developer (no word if they'll appeal yet) "for emotional distress."
· Court victory for tenants in a long battle [LA Times]
· Lincoln Place Gallery [Lincoln Place.net]