A presentation scheduled for the February 2 meeting of the Metro's San Fernando Valley Service Council (plus an updated project website) sheds new light on District NoHo, the more than $1-billion mixed-use complex planned to replace the park-and-ride lots surrounding North Hollywood Station.
The project, led by developer Trammell Crow Company and its subsidiary High Street Residential, calls for 2.2-million square feet of new construction, as well as new open space and active transportation infrastructure. The completed project would include:
- 1,216 market-rate housing units;
- 311 affordable residential units;
- 105,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space;
- up to 580,000 square feet of office space (including 87,000 square feet of parking which could be converted to offices in the future);
- 87,000 square feet of publicly-accessible open space; and
- 3,313 parking spaces - with 750 reserved for Metro bus and rail passengers.
If and when approved, one of the first acts of the project would be the consolidation of North Hollywood Station's bus facilities on the western side of the Lankershim Boulevard, a space which has long served as the terminus of Metros Orange (G) Line busway. Plans call for the addition of new bus bays and another entrance to the subway, create more capacity for the G Line, local buses, and new bus rapid transit lines slated to connect with the northern San Fernando Valley and Pasadena. However, this may come at the expense of a westbound bikeway running along Chandler Boulevard, as noted by Streetsblog.
Consolidating transit operations on a smaller footprint would clear the way for the construction of eight separate buildings, as well as associated open space, designed by a team that includes Gensler, HKS, KFA Architecture, and RELM. Plans call for a mix of high-rise and low-rise buildings, highlighted by:
- a 28-story, 322-foot-tall apartment tower (located at the southeast corner of the site);
- a 20-story, 228-foot-tall apartment tower (located on the northern perimeter of the site);
- a 25-story, 283-foot-tall apartment tower (located on the northern perimeter of the site); and
- a 22-story, 281-foot-tall office building (located at the southwest corner of Lankershim and Chandler Boulevards).
According to an interactive map included on the project website, the affordable components of the project will be located in low-rise buildings adjacent to the consolidated bus facility and at the northeast corner of the site.
The roughly 16-acre superblock site would be subdivided by a series of paseos and private driveways - including a corridor which is being billed as L.A.'s first "shared street."
The project is currently in the midst of its environmental review phase, with public hearings expected to begin later this year and continue through Fall 2023. Construction is expected to occur in phases, starting with the affordable housing and new bus infrastructure in late 2023.
- District NoHo (Urbanize LA)