Affordable Housing Project In Chatsworth to Move Forward

The project would provide 54 living spaces for low income tenants
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A 55 unit affordable housing plan just took a major first step forward, submitting a case filing to the City Planning Office. The applicant listed was Cristina Martinez from Topanga Canyon SH, L.P.

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The building, which would be located on 10243 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard, was first pitched in 2019 and has since been under debate. 

In 2019, Councilman John Lee opposed the project (which would use Proposition HHH dollars) saying that providing homeless housing should be accomplished by working with residents, according to an article from the LA Times.

The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council had also voiced their opposition. Its president, Jeff Hammond, said it was too close to an elementary school around the corner, was too tall for the area, would worsen neighborhood parking and would affect the privacy of nearby homes. He did point out that there were other locations in Chatsworth that would be better suited for the project. 

Originally, the developers wanted the building to include six stories with the seventh story as a rooftop garden and provide 64 units. The plans were changed after the outcry to include 55 units (54 for low-income residents) and five floors with the sixth floor as a rooftop garden.

The auto body shop currently on the property would be demolished. 54 of the 55 units in the building would be set aside for low-income tenants.

Justine Lookenott

Justine Lookenott graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and emerging media and a minor in international affairs. She is also a graduate of the Georgia News Lab, where her group work was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on WSB-TV. After graduating, she worked as a government and education reporter for the Cherokee Tribune. Since then, she has written for the Marietta Daily Journal and Newcomer Magazine. Her interest in international affairs led her to teach English in Cambodia, travel to nine countries in Europe, and volunteer in a refugee camp in Greece.
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