A proposed development which would replace a post office in North Hollywood with housing and commercial uses is taking a step forward, with the release of an initial study by the City of Los Angeles.

In November 2022, Alhambra-based food distribution company (and part time developer) Jacmar Cos. submitted an application to the L.A. Department of City Planning seeking approvals for a new mixed-use project at 7035 N. Laurel Canyon Boulevard. The proposed project, currently named for its address, calls for the construction of a six-story building which would feature 243 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments atop 5,100 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and parking for 413 vehicles.

View looking west from Laurel Canyon BoulevardMVE + Partners

To facilitate the project, Jacmar will require the approval of both a zone change and a general plan amendment, making the project subject to the requirements of Measure JJJ. To comply, Jacmar will be required to set aside 40 apartments as affordable housing priced for very low- and extremely low-income households.

MVE + Partners is designing 7035 Laurel Canyon, which is portrayed in renderings as a contemporary podium-type complex with an exterior of painted stucco accented with brick tile, with terrace decks used to provide a height transition to the lower-scaled single-family zone to the west. Plans show a U-shaped footprint, opening onto Laurel Canyon Boulevard, leaving space for a courtyard, a vehicular driveway, and a commercial plaza at street level. Plans also call for amenities including a pool deck, a fitness center, lounges, and a fitness center.

According to the environmental study, construction of 7035 Laurel Canyon is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2026 and conclude by the second quarter of 2028. That schedule remains contingent on city approval of discretionary entitlements.

7023-7037 N Laurel Canyon BoulevardGoogle Maps

While development in North Hollywood has largely been focused on the blocks surrounding North Hollywood station, a handful of larger projects have been built outside of that immediate area. One mile south of the Laurel Canyon site, developers have transformed a failed 25-acre shopping center into a mixed-use complex with more than 600 apartments flanking a walkable retail complex anchored by a Trader Joe's.

Jacmar and MVE + Partners have teamed up before: the two entities are also behind plans for a 120-unit apartment complex at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Mid-Wilshire.

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