The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has voted to uphold the approval of a mixed-use building in the Westlake community, rejecting a series of appeals which sought to block construction of the housing project.

The development, which is proposed by Downtown-based Olive Hill Group, is slated to replace a parking lot and single-story commercial building near the southwest corner of Glendale Boulevard and Temple Street.  Plans call for the construction of a six-story structure featuring 72 one-bedroom apartments - including seven deed-restricted affordable units - above 700 square feet of ground-floor retail space and semi-subterranean parking for 72 vehicles.

The Albert Group Architects is designing the project at 1614 Temple Street, which is depicted in renderings as a contemporary low-rise structure clad in stucco and board-formed concrete.  Floor plans show that the building would include a landscaped courtyard at its podium level and an amenity deck on its roof.

The project, which was issued a determination letter in June 2020, was faced with six different appeals from individuals and entities identified as neighboring property owners, who argued that the proposed development violates local zoning rules and that the construction process could damage adjacent buildings.

A staff response disputed the claims made by the development, and recommended that the Commission should uphold the determination letter.

The proposed apartment complex is one of several similar developments in the works near the border between the Westlake and Echo Park communities, including the Inspire Echo Park apartments which would rise one block south on Glendale Boulevard.

Newport Beach-based EKN Development Group is also planning a nine-story hotel complex near the intersection of Glendale and Beverly Boulevard.