A recently published environmental report from the Department of City Planning has revealed new details about the 904 La Brea Project, a mixed-use development planned near the border between Los Angeles and West Hollywood.
The seven-story development, slated for a roughly one-acre site at the corner of La Brea and Willoughby Avenues, would feature 169 apartments and approximately 37,000 square feet of of ground-floor retail space. Proposed dwellings would include studio, one-and-two-bedroom units, with approximately 14 apartments set aside for very low income households. Residential amenities would include a pool, gymnasium and a communal outdoor deck.
A partially-underground garage would be included with the project, providing parking accommodations for up to 303 vehicles and more than 200 bicycles. Residents would be afforded 192 total parking spaces, situated on two above-grade levels. 111 basement parking spaces would be available for use by retail tenants and their customers.
Designs from Shubin + Donaldson Architects call for a variety of high quality exterior finishes. Elevation plans included with the environmental report indicate that materials would include glass, steel trowled plaster, and color coated perforated metal panels. Renderings of the building bear a slight resemblance to 925 La Brea Avenue, another Shubin + Donaldson project which would rise across the street.
The project, which is being developed by a subsidiary of Hollywood-based CIM Group, received media attention last year due the controversial demolition of the Art Deco Mole-Richardson Building. The one-story structure stood at the corner of La Brea and Willoughby for more than eight decades before being leveled in 2014.
Construction of the mixed-use development would occur over roughly 21 months, with project delivery expected by 2018. However, CIM Group will need to overcome several legislative obstacles prior to breaking ground. This includes a general plan amendment which would re-designate the one-acre project site from limited manufacturing to neighborhood commercial, as well as a concomitant zone change.
The proposed low-rise complex stands as yet another example of the shifting landscape along the La Brea corridor, which has added numerous residential and commercial developments in recent years. Case in point: a five-story building with apartments and a ground-level supermarket is currently under construction directly across the street from the 904 La Brea project site.