At its meeting on May 12, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to approve plan to redevelop a triplex in Westwood with a larger housing complex, rejecting an appeal from three abutting property owners.

Banarsi Agarwal, the applicant behind the project at 10757-10759 W. Wilkins Avenue, has received entitlements for the construction of a five-story, 55-foot-tall building containing 10 residential units above a 21-car garage.  Two of the apartments would be set aside as very low-income affordable housing, making the project eligible for Transit Oriented Communities incentives, including increased height and a reduction in the amount of required open space.

Architect Tracy A. Stone is designing the contemporary low-rise development, which would include a common rear yard, as well as numerous private patios, balconies, and roof decks.

The appellants, who identify themselves as owners of abutting properties along Rochester and Selby Avenuves, argued that the project is in violation of Measure JJJ, local zoning ordinances, and the California Environmental Quality Act.  A staff response found no evidence of these claims, and recommended that the Commission uphold an approval letter issued by the Department of City Planning in January.