At its meeting yesterday, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission upheld approvals for a New York developer's new multifamily residential complex in Westlake.

Six Peak Capital, which has recently built co-living apartments in East Hollywood and Mar Vista, secured approvals last year for the construction of a new five-story at 2859 W. Francis Avenue featuring 110 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments above semi-subterranean parking for 76 vehicles.

View looking northThe Albert Group Architects

Project entitlements include Transit Oriented Communities development incentives, permitting a reduction to on-site open space and side yard requirements. In exchange, Six Peak Capital would set aside 11 apartments as deed-restricted affordable housing at the extremely low-income level for a period of 55 years.

The Albert Group Architects is designing 2859 Francis, which is portrayed as a contemporary podium-type building clad in red brick and white stucco. Above the podium level, plans call for a U-shaped footprint wrapping around an outdoor deck, with additional terraces provided at the fifth floor.

2859-2877 W Francis AvenueGoogle Maps

The project was faced with an appeal from the Coalition for an Equitable Westlake MacArthur Park, is a frequent opponent of new multifamily developments in Central Los Angeles. While the appellant withdrew its opposition prior to the hearing, the item nonetheless went before the body for consideration. The appellant had argued that the project does not conform to local zoning rules and planning efforts, and should not be granted an exemption from further review under the California Environmental Quality Act. A staff analysis of the appeal, finding no evidence for the claims raised, recommended denial.

The project joins a handful of new developments recently build along surrounding east-west streets between Hoover Street and Vermont Avenue,  a 50-unit apartment building near the intersection of Francis and Hoover Street and a 193-unit complex from Jamison Services at Vermont Avenue and James M. Wood Boulevard.

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