Koreatown development: planning commission slams 228-unit project

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The Los Angeles Planning Commission had harsh words on Thursday for the developer of a project that could bring 228 condos to Koreatown.

“I feel they are not prepared,” said Commissioner David Ambroz. “I am not convinced that the awareness has been sufficient. I’ve never been here where people are so poorly armed with information when they have a project.

Developer OV LLC wants to demolish a gas station, 32 two-building apartments and 8,942 square feet of medical offices at 1000 South Olympic to build a seven-story condominium with retail and grocery stores on the ground floor. pavement. The project would occupy the entire block bordered by Vermont, Olympic, Menlo and 11th.

A major sticking point for the commissioners was whether tenants who might be displaced by the project understood what was to happen to their homes.

Among the apartments to be demolished, 21 are rent-stabilized housing, which is gradually disappearing across the city. The developer is not obligated to replace them, but as a franchise, OV LLC plans to reserve five percent of the 228 condo units, or about 11 or 12 units, for households earning between 120 and 150 of the median income of the region.

OV LLC also plans to offer apartments available in another RSO building it owns in the area to residents who would be displaced. There are only five apartments open in the other building, so the majority of affected tenants would not be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

Commissioner Vahid Khorsand found it “very strange” that no resident likely to lose their apartment has spoken out for or against the project.

“I am very worried that [the project] would be a surprise to these residents, ”Khorsand said. “This is something we should consider” when approving these projects, he said.

Project representative Milan Garrison of MaxSum Development told the commission that they had sent residents the required notifications about the project by mail. Beyond that, however, the developer had only had “sporadic” conversations with “various” tenants and hadn’t set up a meeting with all of the tenants to tell them the project was moving forward and what it would entail.

Commissioner Khorsand said it was not enough to do what was necessary.

“The city is not there to communicate with these inhabitants,” he said, addressing the promoter. “It should fall on you.”

The commissioners were also dissatisfied with the proponent’s inability to answer questions on some elements of the project design on the documents submitted to the commission.

When Commissioner Dana M. Perlman asked the developer to explain a street-level feature on the site plan called the ‘Entrance Wall of Life’, project representatives were unable to fully explain what it was (beyond saying that it was a landscape feature) and what it was used for.

With so many concerns about outreach and overall readiness, the committee voted to continue the project at a later date. He will review development again on December 13.


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