148,000 SQFT Mixed-Use Project Planned Near Helms Bakery District in Los Angeles

Helms Bakery, Los Angeles, AC Martin, Helms Bakery District, Maharam, Adotta, Splash Lab, Bolon, Snowsound

By Catherine Sweeney 

A parking lot next to the Helms Bakery District in Los Angeles could soon be redeveloped to accommodate a six-story mixed-use development. Last month, plans submitted by Helms Bakery District owner Walter N. Marks detailed plans for the two-building project at 8787 Venice Blvd. 

Those plans by architecture firm AC Martin show a 148,000 square foot building reaching six stories. In total, the building would include 69,176 square feet of commercial office and ground floor retail as well as 73 residential units. 

Of the total unit count, 11 apartments – or 15 percent of the total – would also be designated as affordable housing.  

The project also includes a four-level below-ground parking garage with space for up to 329 vehicles. Other onsite amenities include pedestrian paseos and plazas, a gym, dog grooming room, a business lounge for remote workers and more. 

“The project will add new affordable and market rate housing units precisely where such housing is needed: along a transit corridor in an amenity-rich neighborhood. The project site is an increasingly rare example of a property where existing conditions are limited to surface parking with no existing housing units. Therefore no dwelling units will be removed to accommodate the new development,” plans state. 

The property is located along Venice Boulevard just south of the Santa Monica Freeway. The project site is also across from the Helms Bakery District, a collection of retailers, trade showrooms and restaurants. 

The property has been owned and operated by Marks since 1972. Prior to its current use, the property was home to the Helms Bakery, a family-owned bakery that was in existence for about four decades. The bakery first opened in 1931, and after being acquired by Marks was restored into its current use. The district is home to several design firms, including Maharam, Adotta, Splash Lab, Bolon and Snowsound.