A proposal to redevelop a 1980s retail complex just south of the Beverly Center with apartments continues to move forward, with the release of a sustainable communities environmental assessment by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

The Abraham Companies, which acquired the project site at 400 S. San Vicente Boulevard in early 2022, filed an application with the Planning Department in March 2023 seeking approvals to raze the shopping center and build a new eight-story building which would featuring 126 apartments atop 11,840 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space. Plans also call for three levels of subterranean parking with space for 153 vehicles.

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Requested entitlements for 400 San Vicente include density bonus incentives to permit a larger structure than zoning rules would otherwise allow. In exchange, 15 percent of the property's base density - 14 apartments in total - will be set aside for rent as deed-restricted affordable housing at the very low-income level.

Steinberg Hart is designing 400 San Vicente, which despite its relatively low profile, would be built using Type I construction blending concrete and steel-frame construction. The project, slated to rise 100 feet in height, would match the scale of existing and planned developments along the San Vicente corridor - though it would be notably shorter than the Beverly center and high-rise buildings proposed nearby.

At the time of the project's announcement, it was expect that construction would over an approximately 26-month period, with groundbreaking set to occur in early 2024. The environmental report points to a completion date in 2027.

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That timeline is contingent on the approval of entitlements including the density bonus incentives, as well as a conditional use permit to augment the amount of proposed housing.

The proposed development would rise cross the street from the confusing intersection of San Vicente and La Cienega Boulevard from a property where former Mayoral candidate Rick Caruso scored approvals in 2017 for the construction of a 16-story residential tower. One block west, Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon Catholic Cathedral has proposed an even taller apartment for a site next to its existing home. Other tall buildings are in the works near San Vicente's intersection with Wilshire Boulevard, including a medical office building and a proposed 20-story high-rise. To the north, Cedars-Sinai has also received entitlements for an expansion of its hospital campus at San Vicente and Beverly Boulevard.

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