August 14, 2014 marked the reopening of Lincoln Place, a historic 38-acre, 1951 garden apartment complex off Lincoln Boulevard in Venice. After a decade-long saga, all of the existing buildings are being rehabilitated and rent-stabilized units returned to active use.
Congratulations to the Lincoln Place Tenant Association and our longtime Modern Committee (ModCom) volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen!
A special thanks to Amanda Seward for her leadership as the ModCom residential committee chair and for her work on the California Register nomination. We also want to thank Aimco for making the commitment to preserve and reinvest in this special community.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said of the project,
"...it will serve as a model locally and nationally for sustainable rehabilitation of older, low-rise rental housing while providing green jobs in Los Angeles."
The threat to Lincoln Place first came to the attention of the Conservancy through our Modern Committee (ModCom) in 2001, when the previous owner initiated a renovation and redevelopment plan incompatible with the complex’s modernist design.
The plans transformed into a full-scale demolition and redevelopment plan to build hundreds of market-rate condominiums, and ownership changed hands to Denver-based Aimco (Apartment and Investment Management Company), the nation’s largest apartment-holding company.
The fight to save Lincoln Place evolved into an epic preservation battle with illegal demolitions, several lawsuits, and multiple hearings before the State Historic Preservation Commission (always with the same positive determination of historic significance). The site was nearly vacated in the intervening years.
In May 2010, the Los Angeles City Council approved a settlement agreement with owners Aimco Venezia. The settlement agreement is the last of three agreements that ends this period and starts a new phase for Lincoln Place.
The Historic Preservation agreement details development restrictions and rehabilitation requirements to historic standards. The City Council’s approval also allowed Aimco Venezia to construct ninety-nine new units to replace demolished units.