An empty supermarket near the Sun Valley Metrolink station could make way for a mixed-use project featuring housing and commercial uses, per an entitlement application submitted to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.
The proposed development, which comes from local real estate firm WPH Holdings, LLC, would rise from an approximately two-acre property located at 8011-8027 N. Vineland Avenue. Plans call for the construction of a seven-story edifice featuring 135 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments - all of which would be restricted to low-, very low-, and moderate-income households - above 28,290 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and semi-subterranean parking for 117 vehicles.
The project, as a fully affordable housing development located within a half-mile of a commuter rail stop, is eligible for Transit Oriented Communities incentives permitting increased density, floor area, and building height.
Coastal Architects is designing the apartment complex, which is depicted as a contemporary podium-type building clad in a mix of stucco, fiber cement panels, and masonry. Architectural plans show a mix of on-site amenities, including a ground-floor community room, a central courtyard, and a rooftop deck.
Additionally, WPH is also planning to redevelop an adjoining parking lot at 11041 Strathern Street as a 97-unit senior affordable housing complex. That project, according to the company's website, would work in concert with the Vineland Avenue development to provide intergenerational living options for families with seniors.
While the two projects are being entitled separately, WPH hopes to start construction on both by the end of 2022, according to a representative of the company. The larger Vineland Avenue development would be built over a 16-to-18-month time frame, while the senior apartments along Strathern are on a 14-to-16-month timeline.
The two developments join a handful of large-scale mixed-use projects in the works for the Sun Valley community, highlighted by the 432-unit Lankershim Crossing complex one mile east along Strathern Street.
New open space is also in the works for the neighborhood - most notably the 46-acre Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park planned to replace a Los Angeles County landfill at Strathern and Tujunga Avenue.
WPH Holdings, which is based out of Downtown Los Angeles, is also developing affordable housing adjacent to the historic Pierce Brothers Mortuary in University Park.
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