The West Hollywood West Residents Association is asking its neighborhood residents to ask the West Hollywood City Council to push the Los Angeles City Council for an environmental impact review of a proposed six-story apartment building at 431 N. La Cienega Blvd.
The building would be on a quarter-acre lot now occupied by Mikey’s Car Wash that is within the City of Los Angeles. However, the west side of that property abuts the rear of houses on Westmount Drive just south of Rosewood Avenue.
Developer Stark Enterprises plans to construct a building with 96 apartment units, 5,500 square feet of retail space and up to 8,500 square feet of restaurant space.
In a post on Facebook, WHWRA says that residents on the east side of Weho West have been seeking neighborhood support for their “efforts to encourage a better and more public review of (the) new proposed development…”
The post notes that the building will be 85-feet tall, yet “the City of Los Angeles has told Weho West residents that there are no plans for an Environmental Impact Report or a study to evaluate the effects of this project on traffic, groundwater and hydration, shadow and shade or noise and privacy impacts from this massive building looming over single family homes.”
“Residents are seeking petition signatures and encouraging their neighbors to attend council meetings and send emails to the city council asking for West Hollywood to pressure Los Angeles into commissioning a full EIR and a complete study that will consider protections to our established neighborhood.”
The Ohio-based developer has agreed to set aside nine apartment units for very-low income people in exchange for a density bonus of 40% over what the City of Los Angeles’ planning regulations now allow.
Stark Enterprises is said to have bought the property for $21.25 million, or about $652 a square foot, one of the most expensive property deals on a square foot basis in the area.
The L.A. City Council already has approved a proposal by Rick Caruso to erect a 16-story tower at 333 La Cienega Blvd., near the Stark property and just south of the Beverly Center. That property is a quarter-mile south of the West Hollywood border. Caruso hopes to have it completed in 2020.
Caruso’s project was supported then opposed then supported by L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz, whose 5th District encompasses the project. Koretz finally blessed it after Caruso agreed to reduce its height from 245 to 185 feet. The area’s zoning code limits buildings to a height of 45 feet. Caruso has agreed to put a half million dollars into the City of Los Angeles’s affordable housing trust fund. Also, he agreed to make 10 of the building’s 154 units available to low- or moderate-income people.