After a setback, the developer behind a proposed multifamily residential development just south of Washington Boulevard in Del Rey is changing up their plans.

In 2021, the L.A. City Planning Commission signed off on a proposal from Stan Lee Enterprises, Inc. calling for the redevelopment of a 1920s single-family home and a 1950s triplex at 13481-13485 W. Beach Avenue with a new seven-story building featuring 27 studio and one-bedroom dwellings above basement parking for 14 vehicles.

That plan was thrown into jeopardy after approval, however, when the plan-check process uncovered issues regarding a utility line which abuts the property.

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“Following the 2021 approval of the [project], the applicant was made aware of site constraints imposed by an existing powerline adjacent to the site," reads a March staff report to the Commission. "LADWP clearance requirements necessitated additional deviations from the zoning code requirements which were not captured in the approved Density Bonus incentives and waivers.”

Revised plans, submitted to the City of Los Angeles for review in December and set for consideration at this week's meeting of the Planning Commission, would retain the same seven-story profile and 27 residential units. However, unlike the earlier plan, the revised project is now a mixed-use development, with 800 square feet of commercial space proposed for its ground floor. Likewise, the amount of on-site parking proposed has increased to 17 stalls.

Unchanged from the earlier design is also the overall entitlement strategy, which relies on density bonus incentives to allow for a reduction to required on-site open space and setbacks.  In exchange, the developer would set aside seven of the proposed residential units as deed-restricted very low-income housing.

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Breakform Design remains the project's architect, which is depicted in a rendering as a contemporary low-rise building capped by a rooftop amenity deck.

The proposed development at Del Rey and Beach sits just north of several larger projects recently completed by California Landmark Group, including the 230-unit G8 apartments and the $30-million C1 complex, as well as a recently-announced plan for 210 apartments from LaTerra Development.

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