At its first meeting of 2024, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission signed off twin projects which would bring new affordable housing to the border of Hollywood and West Hollywood.

In August 2023, Los Angeles-based Taylor Equities filed applications with the Department of City Planning seeking entitlements to redevelop a pair of single-family homes at 1332 and 1346 N. Fairfax Avenue. Both call for the construction of four-story buildings containing 26 low- and moderate-income apartments without on-site parking.

Rendering of 1332 N. Fairfax AvenueGA Engineering

GA Engineering is designing the two developments, which are depicted in renderings as identical low-rise structures clad in stucco.

The City Planning Commission's consideration of both projects relates to requested density bonus incentives to permit larger structures than typically allowed by zoning rules. Although both properties are placed in the R1 single-family zone, they are located within a general plan land use designation which permits the construction of apartments.

1346 N Fairfax AvenueGA Engineering

Likewise, a number of similar-scaled developments have recently been completed in surrounding parcels. Immediately north of 1346 N. Fairfax, a small lot subdivision with eight homes was completed in 2020. To the north at Sunset Boulevard, construction is currently in progress for a mixed-use project which will feature 62 apartments and retail space, while a 53-unit apartment complex was completed one block to the south in West Hollywood city limits in 2021.

The development for affordable housing in single-family zones has proved contentious in recent months, as the rush of Executive Directive 1 projects have included several proposals which would do exactly that. However, recent reporting from LAist has found that affordable housing developments near single-family homes have failed to progress, even as other ED1 projects have quickly secured entitlements.

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