A presentation scheduled for the August 24 meeting of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission offers a closer look at the Link Apartments NoHo, the proposed mixed-use residential complex which would rise on the site now occupied by the Laemmle NoHo 7 theater.

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Grubb Properties, the North Carolina-based real estate development behind the project at 5240 Lankershim Boulevard, has received approvals to replace the theater complex with a new seven-story building featuring 128 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above approximately 5,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space - 1,500 square feet of which must be reserved for art related uses - and parking for 71 vehicles.

Approved plans make use of the Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a structure that is larger than otherwise permitted by zoning regulations. In exchange, 13 of the proposed apartments would be set aside for rent as affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

Urban Architecture Lab and MJS Design Group lead the design team for the project, which is depicted in renderings as a contemporary podium-type building with a podium-level pool deck facing Lankershim Boulevard.

Aerial view looking eastUrban Architecture Lab

Construction is expected to occur over a roughly 27-month period, according to a report conducted for the project.

Grubb Properties, which acquired the Laemmle site for $9.5 million in May 2021, has faced pushback from movie lovers and the art community over the potential loss of the theater. However, the only organization which has formalized its opposition to the project is SAFER, an affiliate of Laborers International Union of North America Local 270 (LIUNA), which frequently appeals projects to the City Planning Commission.

The project is one of a number of new mixed-use developments in the works surrounding North Hollywood Station, which serves as a terminus for both the G Line busway and the B Line subway, highlighted by a $1-billion high-rise complex which is slated to replace the station's surface parking lots.

Aerial view looking westUrban Architecture Lab

Grubb Properties is planning several similar projects in the City of Los Angeles, including similar mixed-use buildings slated for sites in Hollywood and Pico-Union.

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