A proposed development which would bring new apartments to Winnetka has cleared the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.

The project, slated to replace a vacant commercial building at 6817 N. Winnetka Avenue, is being developed by the North Hollywood-based firm Golden Oak Properties.  Plans call for the construction of a three-story edifice featuring 40 apartments - including two which would be set aside for very low-income households - above basement parking for 53 vehicles.

Ken Stockton Architects is designing the contemporary low-rise structure, which would pare down in height towards an adjoining neighborhood of single-family homes.

Requested entitlements for the project include density bonus incentives allowing for a 10 percent reduction in code-required automobile parking, as well as an increase in allowable floor area.

The Commission voted unanimously to support the proposed development, following a staff recommendation.

The 6817 Winnetka apartments would rise less than a half-mile south of the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and Gault Street, where a larger 154-unit housing project is slated to replace a dentist's office.