In a pair of votes taken on October 12, the Los Angeles City Planning upheld the approval of proposed infill projects which would bring new apartments to Koreatown and Palms, rejecting appeals from abutting residents which south to block their construction.

View looking southeastThe Code Solution

The first project, which comes from 810 Wilton Development Partners, LLC, would rise from a site located at 810 S. Wilton Place - just south of the street's intersection with 8th Street. An approval issued earlier this year by the Planning Department would permit the redevelopment of an existing single-family home with a new four-story building featuring 14 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above ground-floor parking for 14 vehicles.

Project approvals include Transit Oriented Communities incentives permitting a larger structure with greater density and less parking than normally allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, two of the apartments would be set aside for rent as affordable housing at the very low-income level.

The Code Solution is designing the contemporary low-rise structure, which would feature three levels of wood-frame construction above a concrete podium.

The project appellant, a homeowner in an adjacent condo complex named Adrian Yun, argued that the project violates zoning rules and would detract from the character of the neighborhood. Additionally, he states that the applicant behind the 810 Wilton did not engage with the neighboring residents during the entitlement process. A staff report, finding not evidence which would support granting the appeal, recommended denial.

View looking southwestJGR Partners

The second development, a proposal from Beverly Hills-based Local Development, Inc., would rise just north of Venice Boulevard at 3751 S. Delmas Terrace in Palms. Plans approved in June 2023 call for the construction of a six-story building which would feature 17 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments above semi-subterranean parking for 18 vehicles.

Warren Techentin Architecture is designing 3751 Delmas Terrace, which is depicted in a rendering as a contemporary low-rise development with an exterior of stucco, wood, and aluminum, as well as rooftop amenity decks.

As with the prior project, entitlements for the Delmas Terrace apartment complex include Transit Oriented Communities incentives to enable the construction of a larger building than allowed by the property's base zoning. In exchange, two of the new apartments would be set aside for rent as affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

The project appellant, abutting neighbor Tiffany Bradshaw, had argued that the Commission should overturn the project's approval due to potential impacts to traffic congestion, street parking, views, and other environmental concerns. A staff report recommended denial, stating that there is no evidence to support the appeal.

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