A staff presentation to the Metro Board's Planning and Programming Committee reveals new renderings for District NoHo, a joint development slated to replace the park-and-ride lot which surrounds the North Hollywood subway station.

The project, which is proposed by Trammell Crow Company and its subsidiary High Street Residential, would replace a series of undeveloped sites near the intersection of Chandler and Lankershim Boulevards with multiple structures containing:

  • 1,000-1,200 units of market-rate housing;
  • 250-300 units of affordable housing;
  • 80,000-120,000 square feet of retail space;
  • 400,000-500,000 square feet of office space;
  • Over 2 acres of open space; and
  • 915 parking spaces to use by transit riders.

Renderings depict a mix of low-rise and high-rise buildings, bisected by pedestrian passageways and a new street grid carved into the existing park-and-ride lot.  The new construction would be accompanied by improvements to the transit hub, including an expanded bus transfer and layover facility capable of accommodating the Orange Line and future bus rapid transit service to Pasadena and the North San Fernando Valley.

Low-rise buildings heights will range between five and seven stories in height, while high-rise structures will range between 10 and 28 stories in height.

Metro staff and Trammell Crow Company - through the project entity NoHo Development Associates, LLC - are currently engaged in an exclusive negotiating agreement for the proposed mixed-use complex.  Metro staff has recommended an 18-month extension of the agreement, with the option of a second extension for 12 additional months.

The extension of the agreement would allow for District NoHo to clear the City of Los Angeles' entitlement and environmental review process.  A project timeline estimates that this will take approximately 24 months.

District NoHo is expected to be built in seven phases, starting with the construction of a temporary transit center over a six-to-eight-month period.  This would be followed by the construction of the permanent transit center and affordable housing buildings - expected to occur over an 18-to-20-month timeframe - and then the market-rate housing, office space, and retail - which could be completed in four to eight years.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by 2024.

While the larger project on Metro-owned property may still be on the far horizon, other private entities are proceeding with mixed-use projects in the interim.  This includes the Richman Group, which recently broke ground on a 127-unit apartment complex adjacent to the Orange Line stop, and Greystar, which is now building 329 apartments near Vineland Avenue.

For more information, see the official project website.