EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story erred in stating that a total of six apartments for low- or moderate-income people are planned for the North Ogden Drive project. In fact only one such unit is proposed for each of the three buildings. The story below has been changed to reflect that.
The West Hollywood Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday on plans to demolish four single-family houses on North Ogden Drive that are occupied by renters and replace them with 21 condominium units in three buildings, three of which will be rented to low- or moderate-income people.
The development of new housing in West Hollywood has been a contentious issue among candidates in the June 2 election for West Hollywood City Council, and observers expect a relatively large turnout for the public hearing.
The houses, built in the 1920s, are located at 1008, 1016 and 1020 North Ogden, just north of Romaine. The proposed condominium buildings are a project of JV Fund Properties LLC, a company that apparently is owned by Steven Taylor of Ness Holdings Inc., a real estate investment and development company that describes itself as “focuse(d) on the development, acquisition, and ownership of various asset types – multi-family, commercial, and residential – throughout the Los Angeles area.” According to its website, Ness also owns the building at 6127 Romaine.
This block where the project is located now has 11 two-story multi-family buildings and ten single-family home, one of which at 1021 Ogden will be demolished and replaced by a three-story, multi-family development. That property also is owned by the developer, as is a lot at 1013 N. Genessee Ave. Development plans for those properties currently are under review by the city.
Each of the proposed Ogden Drive buildings will be four stories high and include one low- to moderate-income apartments in addition to the condos. There will be 12 parking spaces in underground parking structures. An analysis by the city projects an additional 84 trips by auto per day because of the new buildings.
Because the existing single-family houses are occupied by renters, the developer will have to comply with the state Ellis Act to remove them from the property. Under the Ellis Act, the developer will have to make a relocation payment to the current tenants.
The Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. south of Santa Monica.