Six-Story Pico-Robertson Apartment Proposal Heads Toward Planning Commission Vote

Planning staff has recommended the city approve the 15-unit project
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The Los Angeles Planning Commission next week will vote on a six-story, 15-unit project proposed for 1432-1434 S. Beverly Dr. in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. Proposed by project applicant Ben Kohanteb and recommended for approval by city staff, the proposal is listed as a consent calendar item on the commission’s meeting agenda for next Thursday.

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Plans call for the site’s existing two-story duplex to be demolished to make way for a new 16,665-square-foot, 67-foot tall multifamily building with two of its 15 units reserved for very low-income households. The new apartment building would have four one-bedrooms, eight two-bedrooms, and three three-bedrooms, with average sizes being 643, 783, and 1,128 square feet, respectively. The project would also provide 22 automobile parking spaces between an at-grade level and below-grade level.

Specific requested approvals include a a conditional use permit to allow for a 57.5-percent density bonus and exemption from California Environmental Quality Act review. The applicant is also requesting approvals for a 22-foot increase in allowed height (to 67 feet) and reduction in required parking from 26 spaces to 22.

Kohanteb, who owns the 7,075-square-foot property, is joined by project architect The Albert Group Architects, landscape architect Yael Lir, and project representative Gary Benjamin, president of LA-based consulting firm Alchemy Planning + Land Use.

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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