The LA Times is reporting that California Landmark Group will begin development of an 85-unit apartment building atop retail and restaurants on Melrose Avenue at Larchmont Boulevard. The West LA based real estate company recently purchased the 55,000 square foot vacant lot on the north side of Melrose (at El Centro) and plans on beginning construction on the project as soon as March 2013.
According to Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) Secretary Karen Gilman, this was originally called the ‘Camerford Lofts Project’. The LVNA was very involved in the public hearings related to the development of the property. The original City Planning decision was appealed, there was a law suit and then the original project was modified as a result. Gilman shares that the project languished as the property changed hands multiple times. “Luckily, the vacant nightclub building was demolished in the meantime, as it was attracting nusiance activity,” said Gilman.
Local neighbors should be aware of construction steps and their rights to communicate to the LA Department of Building and Safety and City Council District 13 (as this property is in CD 13, across the street from the boundary of CD 4) if there are any concerns about the developers complying with the conditions set forth in the court decision.
The building will certainly change the complexion of the street in a positive way. “We are looking forward to the pedestrian-friendly ground floor retail and the promised landscaping,” said Gilman.
Read more here:
LA Times – $40-million apartment and retail complex coming on Melrose Ave.
Website – California Landmark Group
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3 thoughts on “$40 Million Mixed Use Development Slated for Melrose at Larchmont Boulevard”
The developer, Ken Kahan, says of the location in the LATimes article, “is kind of sleepy north of Third Street.” Perhaps he meant north of Beverly Blvd & not 3rd. And yes will surely invigorate the Northern end of the ‘mont.
Yes, no one here in the neighborhood misses the dumpy nightclub that was demo’d.
Looking forward to the development and saying goodbye to the unsightly lot. The Northern end of Larchmont will undoubtedly benefit from the added foot traffic. Very excited!