Harvard Heights Church Project Receives Approvals

The three-story project will include two new buildings
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The Los Angeles Office of Zoning Administration has given approvals to plans for a three-story church project in the Harvard Heights neighborhood, according to a determination letter posted by the city this month.

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Slated for the southwestern corner of the intersection of Venice Boulevard and South Kingsley Drive, the project is being led by Venice Church of Christ, a church based in Los Angeles’ Westside. It would replace a church building at 2124 Venice Boulevard formerly occupied by the Sung Lim Methodist Church.

Plans call for a 4,405-square-foot facility with two buildings connected by a second-story open terrace. Oriented towards Venice Boulevard, a two-story, 34-foot-tall building on the eastern portion of the site will include a sanctuary auditorium, cry room, library, storage space, and other uses, while a three-story, roughly 30-foot-tall building at the site’s western portion will hold an office, multipurpose room, and pastor’s residence.

The project will also provide 16 at-grade parking spaces in a surface parking lot at the rear of the site, accessible via a concrete driveway from Kingsley Drive.

The new church sanctuary is being designed by Marina del Rey-based architecture and design firm Pleskow Architects, with James Suhr & Associates LLC shown as the project representative.

The city’s decision on the proposed project follows a recommendation for approval given by the United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council, according to this month’s determination letter.

County property data show Venice Church of Christ acquired the project site for $1.2 million in 2019.

Rendering: Official
Rendering: Official
Rendering: Official
Rendering: Official
Rendering: Official
Rendering: Official
Rendering: Official

Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.
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