At its meeting on December 14, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission moved to uphold the approval of a proposed high-rise development near Hollywood and Vine, rejecting an appeal from the operating of a historic property next door which had sought to block the project.

The Artisan Hollywood development, announced by Artisan Realty Advisors in September 2019, would rise from a property at 6350 W. Selma Avenue, replacing a surface parking lot. Plans call for the construction of a 25-story high-rise building at the southwest corner of Selma and Ivar Avenues, featuring a total of 260 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments above 6,790 square feet of retail space and a parking garage.

View from Selma and IvarGensler

Project entitlements for the Artisan Hollywood include Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit greater floor area than would be allowed by the property's base zoning.  Artisan Realty Advisors would set aside 26 apartments as deed-restricted extremely low-income affordable housing in exchange for the incentives.

Gensler is designing the roughly 286-foot-tall building, which would feature an exterior of brick, metal and glass. Plans show on-site amenities including a fitness center, a podium-level amenity deck, a business center, and a rooftop lounge.

An environmental study conducted for the project points to a roughly 26-month timeline, with a conclusion date previously expected in 2025.

View looking southwest from Selma AvenueGensler

The appellant of the project, the owner of the historic Sound Factory across Selma Avenue, has objected to the project to due to the potential for vibrations from construction interrupting the operations of the recording studio. A staff response, recommending denial of the appeal, noted that the vibrations expected from the construction process would be temporary - and lower than a motorcycle pass by. Additionally, the staff report noted that while the Sound Factory building his historic, those protections to not extend to the use within.

The project would sit due east of a series of new hotels built by Relevant Group, and north of a proposed 14-story office building at Sunset Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue.

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