Two-Story Townhouse Project Is Planned for Hilldale Avenue

A view from above of the Element, a project proposed for 917-927 Hilldale Ave. (architect Ric Abramson of WorkPlays Studio Architecture).

A new development is proposed for 917-927 N. Hilldale Ave. that will include nine two-story townhouses.

The development, dubbed the Element, is a project of ANR Signature Collection of Culver City, whose owners are Agustin Rodriguez and George Jordan. It will replace an existing two-bedroom, two-bath house at 917 Hilldale and a building with three apartment next door.

A listing on the real estate site Zillow quotes a price of $6 million for the three parcels, which cover 18,826 square feet.

The project was presented to the Planning Commission’s Design Review Subcommittee last Thursday. Gwynne Pugh, the city’s urban design consultant, praised the design of the project, which is the work of Ric Abramson of WorkPlays, a well-known local architect. “This project will be an asset to the neighborhood with its well-crafted design and will be an asset to the neighborhood and the city as a whole,” Pugh said in a report to the Design Review Subcommittee.

The entrance to the Element, a project proposed for 917-925 Hilldale Ave. (architect Ric Abramson of WorkPlays Studio Architecture).

“The site is organized with a bar of five townhomes arranged along the northerly portion of the site and four townhomes along the southerly portion of the site,” says Pugh’s report. “There is a driveway located down the middle. In addition, the two end units for the each of the bars has a primary entrance located off the street. The remaining units are accessed by a side yard walkway at the northerly property line and southerly property line.”

Each of the townhouses will have two below-surface parking spaces that will be accessed from a central driveway that dips down from the street level. Each also will have a roof deck with a canopy.

ANR is seeking a variance from the city’s existing zoning code that would allow it set the buildings fronting Hilldale back by 13.6 feet from the street and from the rear of the lots.

The project will go before the Planning Commission at a future meeting for final approval.

A rendering of a street view of the Element, a project proposed for 917.335.6962 is my mobile-925 Hilldale Ave. (architect Ric Abramson of WorkPlays Studio Architecture).
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1 year ago

There has been no input from the neighborhood about this project. And I heard that the article is wrong—they are building so many units that there will be only one parking spot per unit/-meaning our permit parking area will be so overrun w cars it will be ridiculous. We need a public hearing and a responsive planning commission.

Henry E. (Hank) Scott
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The article is correct. Two parking spaces per unit are included in the plan presented to the Design Review Subcommittee. And the public can address its concerns at a future Planning Commission meeting where the project will be reviewed.

1 year ago

Why isn’t West Hollywood requiring solar on all new developments? Seems like a wasted opportunity.

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