General Plan Amendment Paves Way For Panorama City Mixed-Use Development

The 36-unit, three-story project is closer to a groundbreaking thanks to a land-use designation change
9701-9707 N. Vesper Ave. Renderings
Rendering: Official

Following a unanimous approval from planning commissioners in the fall, the Los Angeles planning department has officially approved a general plan amendment allowing for a new three-story mixed-use building to rise at 9707 Vesper Ave. in Panorama City, according to a department report this week. The move is slated to amend the Mission Hills – Panorama City – North Hills Community Plan, changing the land-use designation at 9701-9707 Vesper from from Low Medium I Residential to Neighborhood Commercial.

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Pursuant to Measure JJJ, a ballot initiative passed by LA voters in 2016, the 36-unit project will reserve three units for very low-income households and two units for extremely low-income households. The measure, also known as “Build Better LA,” led to projects of 10 or more units requesting a general plan amendment or certain other zoning changes needing to reserve 6 percent and 5 percent of units for VLI and ELI households, respectively.

Proposed by project applicant Western Paradise LLC, a Tarzana-based investment company, plans call for a 35-foot-tall building with 1,060 square feet of ground-floor commercial space below two stories of dwellings. The unit mix is comprised of two two-bedrooms, 20 two-bedrooms, and 14 three-bedrooms. The development will have 71 ground-level parking spaces – 65 for residents and six for commercial purposes – and the residential portion is set to include a 2,865-square-foot rear yard with a tot lot, a 3,690-square-foot courtyard, a 365-square-foot gym, and a 600-square-foot recreation room. The project, which involves demolition of an existing duplex at the 32,675-square-foot project site, will also have 40 long-term bicycle parking spaces.

Listed as project representative is Athena Novak of AHN & Associates LLC, a land-use and consulting company based in Encino.

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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