The Design Review subcommittee of West Hollywood’s Planning Commission gave generally positive reviews to five proposed apartment and condominium projects during its Thursday night meeting.
1201-1207 N. Detroit
A four-story, ten-unit townhouse apartment project with ground level parking received high praise from the commission. Replacing the community garden at 1201 N. Detroit St., at Lexington, and the adjacent single-family home at 1207 North Detroit, the project is being built by Michael Soleimani and its architect is AKA Architecture + Design. The boxy, contemporary design is made up of three separate buildings that are connected on the upper floors so it looks like one building, a feature the commissioners especially liked. Owned by SHP Capital, the project, as Soleimani described it, is an attempt to transition from the taller buildings on La Brea Avenue (one block east) to the two and three-story buildings on Formosa Avenue (one block west).
A three-story, eight-unit apartment building with subterranean parking at 8116 Norton Ave., just west of Crescent Heights Boulevard, will replace a large, two-story house that has been divided into several apartments. Because it sits on a deep but narrow lot (50 feet wide by 150 feet deep), the apartments will be long and slender, yet still feel spacious. Commissioner Sue Buckner said the contemporary design was innovative and made “maximum use of the lot.” Owned by Drexel Luxury Homes of Los Angeles, the project is from the architects at the Inglewood-based Aero Collective.
1123 N. Formosa
A five-unit, three-story townhouse condominium project with subterranean parking at 1123 N. Formosa Ave., just north of Santa Monica Boulevard, received praise for being “sophisticated,” as Commissioner John Altschul phrased it. Replacing a single-family home, the project with a contemporary design by Los Angeles-based Open Architects was previously reviewed at the subcommittee’s April 13 meeting but returned with some minor revisions to the front façade and front yard planter. Owned by 1123 Formosa LLC, this project is scheduled to go to the full Planning Commission on June 15.
1030 Sierra Bonita
A five-unit, three-story townhouse condominium project with underground parking at 1030 N. Sierra Bonita Ave., just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, features third-floor balconies (called “pocket gardens”) with a spiral staircase leading to private rooftop decks. Replacing a single-family home, the project by Los Angeles-based TCS Architects has a contemporary design. The commissioners liked the front façade, but Commissioner David Aghaei suggested the rear façade looked “monolithic” and should be broken up. Similarly, Altschul felt the side façades looked bland. Owned by 1030 Sierra Bonita LLC, the project likely will return to the subcommittee in a few months for further feedback.
1011 Sierra Bonita
TCS Architects also designed the five-unit, three-story townhouse condominium project with underground parking at 1011 Sierra Bonita, just south of Santa Monica Boulevard. Featuring a contemporary design and layout that closely mimics its neighbor a few lots down at 1030 Sierra Bonita, this project also offers third-floor balconies with spiral staircases leading to private rooftop decks. The primary difference is that louvered panels partially enclose the spiral staircases in this project, while the spiral staircases at 1030 Sierra Bonita are fully exposed. Owned by 1011 Sierra Bonita LLC, the project will replace a single-family home and will feature at 30-foot set back from the sidewalk, allowing for a large front yard patio area. Because the adjacent properties are not as tall, Altschul suggested the architects work to minimize the impact of project’s height. This project will likely return in a few months for more feedback.