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Larchmont Village Residents Organize to Request Transparency on ED1 Projects

Documents on the project proposed at 507 N. Larchmont under Mayor Bass’s ED1 directive are no longer available on the Planning Department’s website.

Larchmont Village residents have been carefully watching plans for a development at 507 N. Larchmont Blvd. as we have been reporting for several months.

The residents, called Larchmont United (LU) neighbors, the largest group of neighbors from all parts of Larchmont, were organized by Sam Uretsky to fight the proposed project at 507 N. Larchmont. They won support from the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and recently got some good news when developers Sean Tabibian and Shawn Ebrahimian withdrew their plans and promised to scale the project down after hearing from scores of residents at several neighborhood council meetings.

But recently, Uretsky discovered that documents on this project and other ED1 projects in the neighborhood that were previously available on the Planning Department’s website are no longer available. After further investigation, Uretsky could not find any ED1 projects that have been filed since February 6, 2024.

“The Department of City Planning (DCP) has stopped being transparent about all ED1 projects!” wrote Uretsky in an email to residents that was shared with the Buzz. “It’s been 104 days since the last ED1 project was publicly listed on its Early Notification Report (ENR). DCP has disabled all publicly available links to known ED1 projects. In other words, if 507 N. Larchmont was proposed today, we would not know!”

Uretsky sprung into action asking residents to send emails to the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Land Use Committee urging the committee to demand transparency from the Planning Department at the committee’s online meeting this evening at 6:30 p.m. Uretsky is asking the Land Use Committee to endorse a motion for the GWNC Board to ask City Councilmembers Katy Yaroslavsky and Hugo Soto-Martinez as well as Mayor Bass to compel the Planning Department to make these ED1 projects available online.

In addition, Uretsky is asking that “all projects being considered by City Planning to be available online for public scrutiny,” he told the Buzz. “Even if there isn’t a hearing or an opportunity to participate, at least you know what’s going on.”

“As of this afternoon, we have over 115 letters from residents to the GWNC Land Use Committee,” said Uretsky.

We requested a comment from the Planning Department but have not yet heard back.

The issue of ED1 projects is not limited to Larchmont Village. The project proposed at 800 S. Lorraine Blvd in Windsor Village has also been taken down according to links we had posted on our stories. The project was proposed on a currently vacant lot, zoned for multi-family construction in the Windsor Village Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, with a 6-story, 70-unit, 100% affordable building (55 low-income units, 14 moderate-income units, and one manager’s unit) with 0 parking spaces. 

The Larchmont Blvd project Tabibian and Ebrahimian had proposed was a seven-story 100% affordable housing project with no parking for 52 micro units averaging 350 square feet in size that would rent for about $1,700 per month.

“We decided after the meeting with the neighborhood council and listening to the community, to scale the project down to 40 units and lower the height to five stories,” Sean Tabibian told the Buzz. “We are going to redesign the project and resubmit it under the ED1 Directive as a 100% affordable housing project.”

“LU supports affordable housing and the intent of the mayor’s ED1 initiative.” wrote organizer Sam Uretsky, in an email shared with the Buzz. “But, LU stresses the need for affordable housing development in Larchmont must solve for two problems: (1) adding affordable housing units and (2) preserving the scale and livability of our low to medium-density neighborhood.”

According to Uretsky, neighbors want to preserve Larchmont’s unique characteristics that make it a true family-friendly, diverse, walkable neighborhood highly cherished by residents who moved here because of the character of the neighborhood.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Replacing the small building at 507 Larchmont with this Godzilla of a structure is an insult to the character of the Larchmont Community that has been treasured and beloved for a century. Why can’t the community see the papers on the proposed structure? Doesn’t the City have a FOIA?

  2. For 507, the proposed idea of no parking because its located near a supposed transit center, is kinda stupid. As if none of the tenants are going to have cars. The developer commented that they could screen applicants, um, no can do. Then his other come back, if he built a homeless shelter instead, then there wouldn’t need to be any parking. The developer…. is quite a character.

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