A proposed development from Jamison Services which would bring apartments to a vacant site near the intersection of Olympic and Crenshaw Boulevards has survived an appeal from a neighboring property owner.

At its meeting on September 19, the Los Angeles City Council voted to uphold the approval of Jamison's project at 1047 S. Crenshaw Boulevard, which would consist of a seven-story building featuring 60 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above a podium parking garage.

Aerial view looking southwestJamison Services, Inc.

The developer entitled the site using Transit Oriented Communities incentives greater density and less parking than would normally be allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, six of the new apartments are to be set aside as affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

The appellant, Virginia Jauregui, identifies herself as a former employee of both the City and County of Los Angeles, as well as an owner of an adjoining property owner. She argues that the approval of 1047 Crenshaw, as well as the neighboring Solaris apartments and other projects along Crenshaw Boulevard, is evidence of City Hall corruption - specifically pointing to the City Council, the City Planning Commission, the Department of City Planning, the Department of Building and Safety, and the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council.

Likewise, she contends that Class 32 exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act should not be granted to projects along this stretch of the Crenshaw corridor, as the land could be more valuable as open space, wildlife habitat, or farmland, pointing out that the neighboring Oxford Square community is home to hawks, parrots, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

Aerial view looking northeastJamison Services, Inc.

The City Council vote maintained the earlier decision by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee to deny the appeal. Councilmember Heather Hutt spoke in favor of denying the appeal at a meeting earlier this month.

While the 1047 Crenshaw development may have cleared this hurdle, Jamison is not done with sites along this stretch of Crenshaw. In July, the Koreatown-based firm submitted plans for an even larger 97-unit complex which would rise on a property located directly to the north.

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