After halting work at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver-based developer Onni Group is back at work at its first ground-up development in Hollywood.

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The mixed-use project, which replaced an car rental lot on the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard between Orange Drive and Mansfield Avenue, will consist of a seven-story building featuring 231 apartments above 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 390 underground parking stalls.  Approved plans will require that 15 of the apartments be set aside as deed-restricted affordable housing at the very-low-income level. 

Designed by RC Architecture, the podium-type building will be clad in a mix of concrete and stucco.  Architectural plans show tiered roof heights toward the rear property line, allowing a transition to the lower-scaled neighborhood to the north.  The terrace decks will be used to create a series of residential amenity decks, including a courtyard swimming pool.

An environmental study anticipated that the project would be built over an approximately 18-month period, which would have originally placed its completion date in mid-2021.  However, the delays resulting from the coronavirus pandemic have upended that schedule.

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The project is the latest in a series of large mixed-use developments to reach Santa Monica Boulevard, following the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus and AvalonBay Communities' AVA Hollywood apartments.  Local developer MCAP Partners is also planning its own apartment complex to the north of the Onni project along Orange Drive.

Onni Group, which best known for its collection of Downtown apartment towers, is also behind plans for a 14-story office building near the intersection of Hollywood and Cahuenga Boulevards, a 21-story apartment tower on Vine Street, and numerous other projects in Mid-Wilshire, Glendale, and Long Beach.