The Los Angeles City Council has voted to affirm the City Planning Commission's approval of a mixed-use development in North Hollywood, rejecting a prolific appellant's attempt to block the project from moving forward.

The proposed project from developer Alan Kleinman of Elevado Group, slated for a property at 5000 N. Vineland Avenue, calls for replacing an automobile repair garage with a new seven-story building featuring 139 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above 2,855 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Plans also call for semi-subterranean parking for 126 vehicles.

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Project approvals include density bonus incentives permitting a larger structure than allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, 19 of the new apartments are to be set aside for rent as deed-restricted very low-income affordable housing.

Maly Architects is designing the contemporary podium-type building, which would include two rooftop amenity decks and a pair of small courtyards.

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The appeal from Supporters Alliance for Environmental Responsibility, an affiliate of Laborers International Union of North America Local 270, argued that the project should have been subject to greater scrutiny under the California Environmental Quality Act, due to the potential for hazardous chemicals at the development site. A staff report found no evidence to support those claims, and recommended denial of the appeal.

Elevado Group, in addition to the new project on Vineland, is also behind a mixed-use project with 119 apartments and commercial space on the former site of Debbie Reynolds' dance studio in North Hollywood and a proposed 147-unit complex on Woodman Avenue in Van Nuys.

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