The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has signed off on plans for a multifamily residential development at the intersection of 14th Street and Pacific Avenue in San Pedro.  

The project, a joint venture between Root Real Estate and Ketter Construction, was approved as part of the Commission’s consent calendar.  Plans call razing a series of single-story commercial buildings to make way for a four-story edifice featuring 102 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments - including 12 to be set aside as very low-income affordable housing - above a two-level, 127-car garage.  

The proposed building, which is also designed by Ketter, would be a contemporary structure clad in structure.  Plans call for a variety of on-site amenities, including roof decks, a courtyard, a gym, and a recreation room.  

Though no formal appeal was filed against the development, several commenters who identified themselves as residents of the surrounding neighborhood expressed staunch opposition to the project.  Several commenters felt that the proposed four-story buildng is out of scale with surrounding homes, while others contended that the developers - who are planning a similar mixed-use project a few blocks away at 2111 S. Pacific Avenue - intend to sell the property once entitlements are secured.

Representatives of the developers, in contrast, touted support from multiple neighborhood council organizations in San Pedro, as well as the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce.

Commissioners voted unanimously to support the project.