Developer Plans Six-Story Van Nuys Mixed-Use Project

The Tier-4 TOC project would include 42 units
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A developer and property owner have filed plans for a six-story, 42-unit mixed-use project at 14553-14557 W. Friar St. in the Van Nuys neighborhood, according to Los Angeles planning department documents scanned this week. Behind the project is Los Rubanenkos LLC, which owns the three-lot property, along with project representative Heather Lee, a consultant with developer and design firm The Ketter Group.

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Under project plans, an existing one-story, 7,875-square-foot office building at the site would be demolished to make way for an approximately 75-foot building. Of the 42 units, there would be four studios, 12 one-bedrooms, and 16 two-bedrooms, along with 10 loft units that compose the total unit count for floors six and seven. Plans also call for 1,038 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, which itself would be over a basement-level parking garage.

Rounding out the project team are John Friedman, who is a senior project architect with The Ketter Group, and landscape architect Paul Lewis & Associates. Los Rubanenkos has owned the property since 2014, when it paid $1.275 million for it, according to county property records.

Other features of the project, which would total about 56,000 square feet of new construction, include 42 automobile parking spaces between a basement and a ground-level garage, 51 bicycle parking spaces, and amenities like a gym, recreation room, and roof-top decks.

Project plans call for Tier-4 status under the city’s Transit-Oriented Communities Incentive Program, with the project within a fifth of a mile from the Victory/Van Nuys bus station and along the planned East San Fernando Light Rail Transit Project. The developer would reserve 5 units, or about 11 percent, for extremely low-income households and is requesting 30 percent rear and side yard reductions; a 25 percent open space reduction from 4,600 square feet to about 3,750 square feet; and a 55 percent density increase (below the 80 percent allowed for Tier-4 projects) to 42 units from 27.

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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