The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has voted to uphold the approval of a proposed multifamily residential development near the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Hoover Street in Westlake, rejecting a prolific appellant's attempt to block the project's construction.
In September 2023, the Los Angeles Planning Department issued approvals to Shahram Shamsian of EL Investment, LLC for his proposed project at 957-967 S. Arapahoe Street. Plans call for razing five residential units to clear the way for the construction of a new five-story building featuring 109 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings above a 57-car garage.
Project approvals include Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a larger, denser development than otherwise permitted by zoning rules. In exchange, 15 of the residential units are to be set aside for rent as affordable housing at the very low-income level.
Mobbil, Inc. is designing 957 Arapahoe, which is depicted in a rendering as a contemporary podium-type building. Plans show that the apartment complex would include a street-level courtyard, multiple amenity decks, and a recreation room.
The project appellant, Supporters Alliance for Environmental Responsibility (SAFER), is an affiliate of Laborers International Union of North America Local 270 (LIUNA), and frequently appeals new development projects within the City of Los Angeles. As the union is not an immediate neighbor of the project site, it was not permitted to appeal the project's Transit Oriented Communities incentives. Instead, the appeal objected to the granting of a Categorical Exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act and argued that the city lacked the evidence to support its Site Plan Review findings. A staff response, noting that SAFER made no specific claims regarding project impacts, recommended denial of the appeal.
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