The team behind a proposed mixed-use residential development in the Burbank Media District is changing up its plans for a site at 4100 Riverside Drive.

The project, when first announced in July 2022 by businessman Matt Cooper, was envisioned as a seven-story building which would have featured 44 apartments above approximately 22,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space - including a boutique grocery store. Plans also called for three levels of subterranean parking.

Street-level view of 4100 Riverside DriveHawkins\Brown Architects

After a year of feedback, Cooper and his development partner MGMT Partners filed a revised plan with the City of Burbank last week. The project team, citing concerns expressed by neighboring residents, has opted to eliminate the proposed grocery store. Instead, the updated proposal now calls for an increased total of 72 residential units, including 63 apartments above neighborhood-serving retail uses, as well as nine townhome-style condominiums which would take the place of the grocer along Pass Avenue. The revised development also would include eight units of affordable housing.

“The addition of townhomes helps our city with much-needed ‘for sale’ product, and hopefully allows young families in Burbank the opportunity to own a home,” said Cooper in a news release. “The new design also allows us to pull the building density even further back from the existing single-family community, which is important to us as good neighbors.”

Rather than a grocer, plans now call for on neighborhood-serving tenants - including space for a restaurant. The new structure will take the place of an existing, vacant commercial building and surface parking lot.

Hawkins\Brown Architects remains the design firm for 4100 Riverside Drive, which retains a similar overall look and building envelope the concept presented one year ago. Likewise, the plans still call for three levels of subterranean parking. Renderings depict a contemporary low-rise structure fronting Riverside, and shorter townhomes along Pass Avenue to the south.

4100 Riverside DriveGoogle Maps

“With our redesign, we wanted to show our neighbors that we listened,” said Cooper. “Their feedback has been extremely helpful to our team as we continue to move through the City of Burbank’s review process.”

The proposed project in Burbank is the fourth from the Cooper-MGMT-Hawkins\Brown Team, following office, hotel, and residential developments slated for sites at 1415 Cahuenga Boulevard, 1000 Seward Street, and 1235 Vine Street in Hollywood. Likewise, the new complex would sit three blocks west of 3700 Riverside Drive, where Burbank city officials have approved the construction of a similar mixed-use project that would feature 49 residential units and ground-floor commercial uses.

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