GWNC Land Use Committee Votes to Recommend Objection to Three Projects Pending Further Comments – Larchmont Buzz

Members of the GWNC Land Use Committee at the monthly meeting last night.

At last night’s meeting of the Greater Wilshire Ward Council’s Land Use Committee, the committee voted to recommend that the full GWNC Board oppose three development projects, at less until the proponents come back to the committee with more information.

5001 W. Wilshire Blvd.

This project, at the northwest corner of Wilshire and Highland, would replace the current two-story strip mall and its adjacent parking lots with an eight-story, 242-unit mixed-use complex, with a large greenbelt (adjoining similar green belts behind properties to the west between Citrus Ave. and Orange Drive) on the north side of the property. (The Greenbelt would be owned and managed by the owners of the building, but would be open to the public at set times each day.) The building, built to guidelines for transit-oriented communities, would also contain 25 affordable units, 293 parking spaces for residents and 39 parking spaces for commercial tenants and customers.

Although this is the project’s first appearance at a GWNC-related meeting, the developers have presented the project to the adjoining neighborhoods and homeowners associations of Hancock Park, La Brea Hancock, Sycamore Square and Brookside since early 2021. And project representatives said in the last night’s meeting that their plans have been significantly shaped and adjusted by these local discussions, including several changes (such as re-orienting some balconies, creating a catch place carpool pick-up/drop-off in the parking area and the addition of noise attenuation features to the second rooftop terrace) specifically designed to mitigate the impacts of the building on nearby residential neighbours. The presenters also noted that due to groundwater issues, they jettisoned a previously planned third level of underground parking and instead settled on two levels of underground parking with additional parking on a mezzanine, to avoid having to carry out dewatering work during construction.

During a lengthy discussion of the project, committee members expressed their thanks for the work done by the developers so far, but also said that because the two closest neighborhood associations, the Hancock Park Homeowners Association and the La Brea Hancock Homeowners Association, would not vote on the project until July, they would not be comfortable officially supporting the project without the official support of these two groups. (There was also a long discussion about whether the LUC would also need to hear from the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association and the Brookside Homeowners Association, and whether those groups had already said they would happily leave the HPHOA and the LBHHOA take the lead on the issue.)

The proponents have indicated that their environmental review process was completed this spring. So their next step is to submit an “errata” document to the city, which will include recent changes to their design plans, in hopes of scheduling the project for review in August. by the town hall’s town planning and land management committee. So this means that if LUC waits until August or later to hear about the July votes from neighborhood associations and to make its recommendation to the full GWNC board (which may not be able to vote on the issue before August or September), this could significantly delay their progress through the city’s approval channels.

Ultimately, however, committee members were unswayed by the tighter schedule and voted to recommend that the GWNC board oppose the project until formal recommendations were received. of the four neighboring neighborhood associations.

3377 W. Olympic Blvd.

3377 W. Olympic Blvd.

This project would replace an unoperated body shop, nursery, restaurant and parking lot with a new seven-story, 153-unit mixed-use building with 16 affordable units. It would include a mix of 1 to 3 bedroom apartments, as well as several ground floor workspaces along the west side of the building along St. Andrews Pl. (these units would provide a recessed frontage, with additional landscaping space on this side of the building). There would also be a pool deck on the second level on the north side of the building and a total of 212 parking spaces.

Committee members have expressed some concerns about how noise from the pool deck could affect smaller residential buildings to the north of this development, but project representative Heagi Kang said he expects that these buildings too will soon be redeveloped into larger buildings. However, Kang said he would be more than willing to seek advice from nearby neighborhood groups, and the committee recommended that he return to the group after talking to neighbors in the adjacent communities of Country Club Heights and from Country Club Park. Ultimately, the committee voted to recommend that the GWNC board oppose the project until more input is received from neighboring neighborhood groups.

6101-6117 W. Melrose Ave/713-735 N. Seward

This entertainment-focused office building, planned for the northwest corner of Melrose and Seward, has been featured and/or discussed by both GWNC and neighboring neighborhood groups on several occasions over the past two years. The most recent discussion of the GWNC Land Use Committee took place in March this year, when committee members, disappointed that developers had not responded to requests to return to the committee with new contributions from associations of neighborhoods adjacent to the project site, and for further discussion of possible changes in response to land use committee concerns about building impacts on nearby neighbours, voted to recommend that the GWNC Board of Directors opposes the project unless and until such contribution is received. (Board members agreed and voted to oppose the project at their april meeting.)

At last night’s meeting, LUC members noted that the developers had still not responded to requests from neighbors or LUC for further discussions and adjustments to the project, so – with a municipal hearing now scheduled for July 28 – the committee again voted to recommend that the GWNC board oppose the project.

The next meeting of GWNC Land Use Committee will take place at 6:30 p.m. on tuesday july 26…and the next meeting of the GWNC Card will be held on Wednesday July 13also to 6:30 p.m. (Both will likely be virtual meetings, via Zoom.)

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