Just west of Metro's Expo/Sepulveda Station in Sawtelle, Vancouver-based developer Onni Group is planning its latest L.A. area apartment complex, according to an application filed recently with the Planning Department.

Ground-level view looking southeastDFH Architects

The proposed project, slated for a corner property at 11434 W. Pico Boulevard, would rise near the intersection of Pico, Gateway Boulevard, and Exposition Boulevard. Plans call for the construction of a six-story, approximately 265,000-square-foot apartment complex featuring 278 residential units atop subterranean parking for 305 vehicles.

Requested entitlements for the project include Transit Oriented Communities incentives, permitting a larger structure than would otherwise be allowed by zoning rules. As a trade-off, Onni would be required to set aside 28 of the proposed one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for rent as affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

View looking south from Pico BoulevardDFH Architects

DFH Architects is designing the Pico Gateway development, which is portrayed in renderings as a contemporary podium-type complex, clad in materials including metal and wood. A courtyard and a pool deck would be incorporated into amenity areas on the podium level, with private and common balconies proposed at the roof level. While the building would not include ground-floor commercial space, building amenities and live/work units are proposed at street level to activate the sidewalk.

The proposed project would rise on a combined project site which were previously entitled for two separate developments. At 11434 Pico, the Amoroso Companies razed the former site of Kelbo's Hawaiian Restaurant for a 102-unit apartment complex in 2019. Next door at 11460 Gateway Boulevard, demolition of an existing commercial complex recently began for a site approved for a 129-unit development.

View looking east from across GatewayDFH Architects

Onni Group, which has emerged as one of the biggest residential developers in the City of Los Angeles in the past decade, broke ground last year on largest project in the region yet: a 60-story apartment tower in Downtown. The developer is also pursuing projects in Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire, Long Beach, and Glendale.

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