33-Unit Highland Park Project Plans Receive Approvals

The building's design is meant to reference "Utilitarian commercial design features" from the Highland Park-Garvanza HPOZ
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The Los Angeles planning department has given approvals to plans for a three-story, 33-unit mixed-use apartment project at the southwestern corner of the intersection of North Avenue 64 and Garvanza Avenue in Highland Park, according to a determination letter posted by the city this month.

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The project is being led by developer Skya Ventures, a company affiliated with multifamily investment company Gelt Inc. An entity registered at the address of the latter company acquired the project site, which is a 1-acre property occupied by a surface parking lot and billboard at 141 North Avenue 64, last year for about $5.1 million, county records show.

Approvals given this month allow for Tier-1 project incentives under the city’s Transit Oriented Communities Incentive Program, including a one-story height increase and 50-percent density bonus above the 22 units allowed otherwise, plans show. The community will contain three apartments reserved for extremely low-income households, per TOC requirements.

The architect for 141 North Avenue is shown as El Monte-based Green City Building Company. Its design of the building is meant to “reference Utilitarian commercial design features from the [Highland Park-Garvanza Historic Preservation Overlay Zone‘s] period of significance of 1886 to 1961, such as brick detailing and commercial storefronts,” according to this month’s determination letter.

The community will hold three studio apartments, four four-bedrooms, and 26 five-bedrooms over about 2,000 square feet of commercial space. The approximately 60,000-square-foot mixed-use building will also provide 5,500 square feet of usable open space including a courtyard, rooftop area, gym, and movie room.

The development will include 80 automobile parking spaces in a two-level underground garage, as well as 37 bicycle spaces.

Rendering: Official
Rendering: Official
Rendering: Official
Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.
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