A car wash at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz could be redeveloped with a mixed-use housing development, according to plans submitted yesterday to the City of Los Angeles.
The nearly 30,000-square-foot site, located at the southeast corner of the intersection, would consist of 139 apartments above 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
Requested entitlements include Transit Oriented Communities affordable housing incentives, which would be granted in exchange for setting aside 16 apartments for extremely low-income households. The project will also require an adjustment to zoning provisions of the Vermont/Western Station Neighborhood Area Plan.
According to a street vacation application, which was adopted earlier this year by the Los Angeles City Council, the car wash is owned by an entity called Vermont Real Estate Properties, LLC. The company is controlled by Benny Pirian, who was sentenced to one year and jail and ordered to pay a $1.25-million fine for underpaying and mistreating workers at multiple car washes in the Los Angeles area a decade ago.
The project at Hollywood and Vermont is one of several mixed-use projects in the works near Barnsdall Park and the Vermont/Sunset subway station, including a 150-unit apartment complex at 4900 Hollywood Boulevard and a 202-unit building at Hollywood and Hillhurst Avenue.
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