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March Opening for Mixed-Use at Venice's Old Pioneer Bakery

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The mixed-use development at Rose and Fifth in Venice, which has been expected for what seems like an eternity (we first saw a pit in August 2010), is set to open in March, according to Yo! Venice!. The former home of the Pioneer French Bakery (it occupied the site from 1920 to 2006) is getting 67 units of market rate housing and seven affordable units, plus 10,000 square feet of retail fronting Rose, and two levels of subterranean parking. The project's developer is Portland-based Gerdling Edlen (last seen losing the Old Spaghetti Factory site at Sunset and Gordon); the architect is Santa Monica-based Killefer Flammang. And the whole thing is actually ahead of schedule--back when construction first started in August 2010, the project was expected to be complete by late 2012.

As for the retail components of the project, Café Gratitude will occupy the corner of Fifth and Rose and Y!V! says a second café and a yoga studio are also expected. This stretch of Rose has seen a lot of neighborhood-appropriate retail openings in recent years--earlier this week fancy juice spot Moon Juice opened just across the street, which should supplement the new yoga studio nicely.