The proposed Melrose Triangle project is getting a makeover before it has even been built. With that makeover comes an increase in the amount of office space and the amount of workforce housing in the project.
Architecture firm Gensler has redesigned the five-story retail-residential-office project located at the triangular shaped lot where Santa Monica Boulevard, Melrose Avenue and Doheny Drive intersect.
While the height and overall square footage of the project has not changed from what was originally approved by the City Council in Oct. 2014, the proportions of the office, retail and residential spaces has changed.
Those changes include:
- 245,000 square feet of office space, an increase from the previous 137,000 square feet
- 66,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a decrease from the previous 82,000 square feet
- 41 total residential units, a decrease from the previous 76 units
- 525 parking spaces on four underground levels, a decrease from the previous 884 spaces
Project developer System LLC, which is associated with the Charles Company, whose principals are brothers Mark and Charles Gabay, announced these changes Wednesday.
With the change in the number of residential units, also comes a change in the type of residential units. All 41 units will be “affordable” units with eight units dedicated to low-income housing, eight units for moderate-income housing and 25 units for workforce housing. The project will NOT have any market-rate residential units.
In the earlier version, plans called for just 16 “affordable” units (none of them workforce housing) and 60 units to be market rate.
In a statement, Jack Kurchian, project manager at System LLC, explained this change was a “response to the demand for additional affordable housing in the city, including much-sought workforce housing.”
The increase in office space comes from the growing demand for office space in West Hollywood, especially low-rise creative office space, Kurchian said.
“We are excited to update the Melrose Triangle plans not only because we believe it will be a better project but because these revisions address two pressing needs in the city – the demand for more workforce housing and creative office space,” said Kurchian. “We also have focused on creating more street-level activity, with an open-air dining courtyard that will create a vibrant outdoor space that helps fulfill the city’s efforts to encourage and grow outdoor dining.”
While Kurchian did not offer an explanation for the decrease in the amount of retail space in the project, it likely stems from the fact more people shop online now, especially since the coronavirus pandemic began. Consequently, the demand for retail space has declined along with a decline in the rents retail spaces command.
The original design for the project was by the architects at Studio One Eleven. The project is presented as the western “gateway” into West Hollywood from Beverly Hills.
Property owner the Charles Company is headquartered on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.
Because these changes are significant, the city’s Planning Commission and City Council will have to approve them before any construction can begin. No word on when it will go before the Planning Commission.