The Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted on March 28 to uphold the approval of a residential project which would replace a more than century-old home in Hollywood, rejecting two appeals from neighboring property owners.

The project from ROM Investments, planned just north of Hollywood Boulevard at 1807 N. Van Ness Avenue, calls for the construction of five total residential units in the form of two duplexes and a new single-family home. Additionally, the site would be arranged to also permit the construction of an accessory dwelling unit at a later date.

Aerial view of 1807 N Van Ness Avenue looking northwestTALLER

Los Angeles-based architecture firm TALLER is designing the project, which would consist of three-story buildings clad with fiberglass panels and capped by rooftop decks. Each dwelling would feature three bedrooms above at-grade parking.

ROM would set aside one of the new homes for extremely low-income households, making the project eligible for Transit Oriented Communities incentives permitting a larger development than allowed by zoning rules. The granting of those incentives was the key point of objection by both appellants, listed as property owners of nearby sites on Van Ness Avenue, which argued that allowing for taller, larger buildings on the site would impact privacy and access to sunlight on neighboring lots. A staff report found no evidence to support those claims, and recommended denial of the appeals.

1807 N Van Ness AvenueGoogle Maps

ROM, in addition to its new Van Ness Avenue development, has previously built five small-lot houses on a neighboring site on Canyon Drive, and is attached a planned 131-unit apartment complex near Hollywood/Western Station.

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