Doheny Condo Project Gets Unanimous Endorsement from WeHo Planning Commission

702 N. Doheny Dr. (R&A Design)
702 N. Doheny Dr. (R&A Design)

A condominium building proposed for 702-714 N. Doheny Dr. won the unanimous endorsement of the West Hollywood Planning Commission last night.

The building, which will include 38 condominiums and 12 apartments to be rented to low-income tenants, would be built on a largely empty 1.2 acre site perhaps best known as the location of Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch at Halloween and the Mr. Greentrees Christmas tree lot.

702-714 N. Doheny Dr.  building as seen from Doheny Drive. (Illustration by R&A Architects).
702-714 N. Doheny Dr. building as seen from Doheny Drive. (Illustration by R&A Design).

In her positive evaluation of the project, Stephanie Reich, the city’s urban designer, said it “will enhance the pedestrian environment along Doheny Drive and on Harland Avenue and Keith Avenue as well. Along Doheny drive there is street tree and parkway planting, planting in the front setback and private patios that are screened for privacy, yet open enough to provide a sense of activity along the street.”

The project is designed by R&A Design of Culver City, whose principals are Christian Robert and Benjamin Anderson.

The project was praised by most of its West Hollywood neighbors. However several residents of Beverly Hills on the west side of Doheny spoke against it before the Planning Commission, citing their concerns that it would increase traffic on Doheny. Barry Blumberg, who lives on Oakhurst Drive in Beverly Hills, said he also was concerned that the height of the building, which varies between three and four stories, would mean an invasion of the privacy of its neighbors.

Those who spoke in favor of the project called out developer Jason Illoulian’s outreach to its neighbors to engage them in the process. “It’s so nice to have a developer who does live in West Hollywood, who isn’t from Malibu,” Stephanie Harker said of Illoulian.

Harker and others also praised Illoulian for granting access to all of the buildings amenities to its low-income tenants. Developers of the proposed 8899 Beverly Blvd. project came under attack when it was revealed that they weren’t going to let low-income tenants use the project’s swimming pool, a decision they changed. Developers add low-income units to their buildings in order to get certain concessions from the city, such as the right to build a multi-unit building in an area zoned for single-family houses or to build a building with a larger floor to land ratio that is permitted by existing zoning codes.

The Doheny project’s 12 low-income apartments will be managed by the West Hollywood Community Housing Corp., which will be given ownership of them. Illoulian also has agreed to waive monthly homeowner association fees for those units in perpetuity.

The project now will go before the West Hollywood City Council for final approval before construction can begin.


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Snarky
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Snarky

If $46,000 for an individual is considered low income these days…wow. I could live on that easily.

Henry (Hank) Scott
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The story describes it as income for a family of four. Not an individual

Snarky
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Snarky

They always set aside for low income…what about us very low income. And I’m with SaveWeHo….how do you get on the list? It is never open. What about seniors, disabled? I would bet that list is filled with Russians and those with HIV and people who don’t live in WeHo.

SaveWeho
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SaveWeho

@Joe…I’m pretty sure that’s gross income. Those are figures for individuals.

Rudolf Martin
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Rudolf Martin

Great project, fits into this spot and that area perfectly. I wish I saw something I could complain about.

joetheplummber
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joetheplummber

Is that adjusted gross income after the standard deduction for an individual or married couple?

SaveWeho
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SaveWeho

I’d jump at it Riley. West Hollywood defines the following: Very Low-Income: Up to $28,847 Low-Income: $28,848-$46,154 Moderate-Income: $46,155-$57,693 WHCHC has no “Very low-income” or “Low-Income” signups. There is no waitlist either. HOWEVER…their “Moderate-Income” level is open. You can ONLY apply if you make more than $46,155 a year and less than $57,693 (which is kinda ridiculous. You can live on that if you budget.) Those people don’t need help. They need to live within their means. So I’m not sure of the point of that category. You never see developments setting aside apartments for Moderate Income folks. But the… Read more »

Riley
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Riley

Do you qualify for low-income housing, Save Weho? Be careful what you wish for.

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SaveWeho

I agree with Todd Bianco. Great design and it’s something different. I think Weho fully embraces projects that are appropriate in scale, offers architectural interest and a benefit to the community. What I’d like to know is how do I get on that WHCHC list for low-income housing? That list has been closed for years. Great development.

Todd Bianco
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I think this project looks great. The architecture looks far better than many of the cookie cutter projects that have gone up. I love the walls of glass which help reduce the appearance of mass, filling the apartments with light and even a decent view in some cases. This developer did a great job of outreach to the community and I applaud the full inclusion of the low-income units with the market rate ones. No poor door and HOA fees waived in perpetuity. I hope these 12 new units, given to the WHCHC for free, don’t place too much of… Read more »