A developer is proposing some minor design changes for a mixed-use building that is expected to have a major impact on Santa Monica Boulevard.
The building, which will be on the lot on the south side of Santa Monica Boulevard at West Knoll Drive, will be three stories high and include a grocery store, a gym/fitness studio, a restaurant/cafe and office space with rooftop parking. The 20,000-square-foot grocery store space will be occupied by Sprouts Farmers Market, a Phoenix-based chain that sells natural and organic food. In addition to the roof, parking will be provided in the existing garage at the building on the site’s west side. The project developer, Michael Talla, owns that building, which houses Capitol Drugs, the LASC clothing store and the 24 Hour Fitness gym.
The project was approved by WeHo’s Planning Commission in March 2015. The proposed design changes will be reviewed by the commission’s Design Review Subcommittee at its meeting on March 9 at the Plummer Park Community Center, Room No. 5. The center is at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. at Martel. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.
The previous design had an open stair with ornamental grillwork on Santa Monica Boulevard and West Knoll corner. The new design would move that to the Santa Monica Boulevard facade. In its place would be a two-story restaurant with glass windows on both sides of the corner.
There would be a horizontal fin system at the second floor and wood composite material on the edges and parapet. An awning is proposed above the door that could include a sign. Also, the edge of the building on the corner would be extended to the property line. The earlier design pulled it back from the property line to provide room for outdoor dining.
In his review of the proposal, Gwynne Pugh, the city’s urban design consultant, said “the combination of design changes will provide a more open and active corner, and more flexible retail space on the upper level. The materials proposed will add color and texture to the original design, and are woven through the front elevation and wrapped around the corner for a holistic approach.
“With some further refinement and attention to detail, the revision will be a good addition to Santa Monica Boulevard.”