At its June 27 meeting, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to deny an appeal seeking to block the construction of a large multifamily residential complex in Van Nuys.

The proposed project from Los Angeles-based Uncommon Developers, slated to rise from an empty lot located at 6728 Sepulveda Boulevard, calls for the construction of a new six-story building featuring 405 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments atop parking for 556 vehicles would be located in a three-level, semi-subterranean garage.

Aerial view looking northeastWorks Progress Architecture

Project approvals include Transit Oriented Communities incentives, permitting a larger structure than would otherwise be allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, Uncommon will be required to set aside 41 of the proposed apartments for rent as deed-restricted affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

Works Progress Architecture is designing the contemporary podium-type building, which would include an amenity deck with a swimming pool at the second floor and a rooftop deck.

Street-level viewWorks Progress Architecture

While the project was approved in March, the Supporters Alliance for Environmental Responsibility (SAFER), an affiliate of LIUNA, subsequently appealed that decision, arguing that the proposed apartment building may have unanticipated environmental impacts, and should be subject to further study. A staff report recommended denial of that appeal, citing a lack of evidence to support its claims.

The project is the largest in a handful of new projects from Uncommon and Works Progress, including a new 123-unit development proposed on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and a 260-unit complex now rising in Chatsworth.

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