Doheny Drive Condo Project Gets a ‘Go’ from WeHo City Council

702 Doheny Dr. West Hollywood (R&A Architects)
702 Doheny Dr. West Hollywood (R&A Architects)

A new condominium project proposed for Doheny Drive is a go. The West Hollywood City Council last night approved demolition of two existing houses on the 1.2-acre site and approved a development permit for the 50-unit building.

The building, at 702-714 N. Doheny Dr., is a project of Jason Illoulian’s Faring Capital. It include 38 condominiums and 12 apartments to be rented to low-income tenants. Beneath it will be 100 parking spaces. The property is the site of the annual Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch during Halloween and the Mr. Greentrees Christmas tree lot.

The three- and four-story building is designed by R&A Design of Culver City, whose principals are Christian Robert and Benjamin Anderson. It faces Beverly Hills, bounded by Doheny Drive on the west and Keith and Harland avenues on the north and south.

Illoulian told the Council that it will include amenities such as a bowling alley, a spa and a wine cellar, all of which will be available to the low-income tenants as well as the condo owners. Robin Conerly, executive director of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, praised Illoulian for donating the 12 low-income units to the WHCHC and waiving in perpetuity the monthly fees normally assessed against residents of condo units.

Several local residents praised the project and Illoulian’s efforts to engage them in planning for it, but it was criticized by a few others in a sometimes unruly Council meeting. Lisa Strutman, a lawyer who lives in Los Angeles but owns property in West Hollywood, questioned whether it made financial sense to incorporate the low-income apartments into the condominium building. Several other speakers who lived several blocks away raised questions about the traffic it might generate. Opponents of the project in the audience frequently interrupted discussion of it by yelling and shouting.

In her positive evaluation of the project, Stephanie Reich, the city’s urban designer, has 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.”


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Shawn Thompson
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In my opinion past all the nice tap dance that was done by some on council in their comments, the lawyer present to get this approved and the hree individuals obviously brought in by the developer, all doing the affordable housing spin and buzz word game. Approving this was yet again another moment in West Hollywood by our four member council now, three of which are LONG TERM incumbents, using their power to OVER RIDE the current ZONING restrictions on the books and giving this developer LARGER than the code allows size in the market rate condos, Which is more… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Lauren campaigns against changes to the General Plan but she was mum on this increase in density because the developer donated to her campaign.

Manny
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Manny

Sorry Alison, not everything relates to east side construction….and vice versa.

You should stick to the topic, details and specifics of an issue…..It will suit you best.

Alison
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Alison

oh boo hoo…the east side has been a big construction site for a few years now.

Manny
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Manny

Let’s see if this project gets built in a timely manner.

Their building on the NW corner of San Vicente and Melrose has been an unfinished eye-sore for years. The Library, the Red building and 1/2 a new park have been built while that thing sits there unfinished.

Their “big box” houses also take a very long time to build for some reason.

I hope that with this project they don’t subject the Norma Triangle neighborhood and Beverly Hills across the street to an unnecessarily long and prolonged construction site.