Wednesday, November 30 2011

What’s Going On at 512 Rose?


If you’ve passed by 512 East Rose Avenue in Venice, you’ve seen some major construction going on at the historical Pioneer Bakery site.  The KFA designed project, developed by Gerding Edlen Development, includes 67 units of market rate housing, 7 affordable units, and 10,000 SF of retail fronting Rose Avenue, including two restaurants.  Café Gratitude, also designed by KFA, will occupy the northwest corner of Rose and 5th Street.

The project was first designed in 2002 for the owners of the Pioneer Bakery, which occupied the site. There were several community meetings which dictated that this full-block project be broken up into discernable components along Rose Ave. The central courtyard has Craftsman elements, which were desired by the neighbors; the remainder of the project has a contemporary style.

Emphasizing the developer’s commitment to sustainability, the project includes a solar hot water system and will exceed the requirements for a LEED platinum rating. The E-shaped plan has two 25’-30’ wide courtyards which bring abundant natural light to the units and large private patios and balconies will allow tenants to enjoy the mild Venice climate. A 15’ wide easement at the south side of the property adds even more usable outside space and will include edible plants and space for Café Gratitude to grow produce for their restaurant.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in April 2012.