Six months after a City Planning Commission decision to the same effect, the Los Angeles City Council has rejected an appeal or a proposed mixed-use apartment complex near the intersection of 8th Street and Western Avenue in Koreatown, allowing the project from Jamison Services, Inc. to proceed.

Aerial view looking northeastJamison Services, Inc.

The proposed project, which would replace a two-level commercial center at 730 S. Western Avenue, calls for the construction of a seven-story building featuring 125 one- and two-bedroom apartments above 3,920 square feet of ground-floor retail. Plans also call for semi-subterranean parking for 101 vehicles.

Approved plans rely on Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit increased floor area and density, as well as reductions to required on-site parking, setbacks, and open space. In exchange, 13 of the proposed apartments would be set aside as affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

The appeal from Supporters Alliance for Environmental Responsibility, an affiliate of Laborers International Union of North America Local 270, once again argued that the project at 730 Western should have been subjected more stringent review under the California Environmental Quality Act. As with the June appeal, a staff report rejected that argument, and recommended denial of the appeal.

Aerial view looking northwestJamison Services, Inc.

The project is a familiar story for Jamison Services, and is one of dozens of similar proposed and under-construction apartment complexes Jamison Services currently has in the works for Koreatown. One example is the larger 230-unit development now taking shape a short walk south at the intersection of 8th Street and Western Avenue.

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