Plans for a mixed-use development at Melrose and Highland have come back in larger form thanks to the Transit Oriented Communities guidelines.

Last week, applicant Kambiz Hakim filed an updated application with the City of Los Angeles to construct a three-to-four-story building at the northeast corner of the intersection, featuring 33 apartments - including three units for extremely low-income households - with 4,895 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a semi-subterranean garage for 36 vehicles.

The property at 700 N. Highland Avenue, which most recently served as a gas station, was approved in 2017 for the construction of a four-story edifice that would have featured 19 apartments with ground-floor restaurant space.  Some foundation work for the previously-approved development has already occurred.

Additional details are not clear based on the project's case filing.

Several developers have turned to the Transit Oriented Communities guidelines to seek approvals for larger developments than would have been allowable prior to the program's adoption in 2017.  California Landmark Group notably used the incentives to add 15 apartments to a mixed-use building that was already under construction in the Sawtelle District.