Planning Commission to Discuss Demolition on Fairfax and Fountain for 17-Unit Apartment

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The West Hollywood Planning Commission will hold a teleconference meeting today at 6:30 p.m. to consider a request to demolish all structures on three adjoining residential parcels properties located at 1301, 1307 N. Fairfax Avenue, and 7909 Fountain Avenue. The demolition would make way for a new five-story, 17-unit apartment building with three units of affordable housing.

According to the West Hollywood Staff report, the subject site is located at the northwest corner of Fountain Avenue and Fairfax Avenue. The site consists of three contiguous lots. The western lot (7909 Fountain) is 3,080 square feet, the northern lot (1307 Fairfax) is 3,576 square feet, and the southern lot (1301 Fairfax) is 3,109 square feet. Collectively, the site measures approximately 77 feet in width and 130 in length across Fountain Avenue for a total lot size of 9,765 square feet (0.22 acres). The site slopes approximately two feet (4%) from the north down toward the southern end of the property.

The site is currently developed with three single-family dwellings, one measuring approximately 1,516 square feet at 7909 Fountain Avenue built in 1923, one measuring approximately 1,020 square feet at 1307 Fairfax Avenue built in 1922, and the other measuring approximately 1,441 square feet at 1301 Fairfax Avenue built in 1922. Once the lots are combined, the project site will be given the unified address of 1301 North Fairfax Avenue.

Architects and Planners Kaplan Chen Kaplan (KC) conducted an historic resource survey of the buildings on the three parcels. Based on the research and analyses conducted and the evaluation provided, the subject buildings were found not to be associated with any historic events or patterns of history, and not associated with any historic persons. KCK’s assessment is that the buildings are not good examples of the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style and are not representative of quality materials or craftsmanship. These buildings do not meet the criteria to be determined eligible to the National Register of Historic Places, the California Register of Historical Resources or as a City of West Hollywood historic resource as individual landmarks or as contributing buildings to any potential historic district.

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To better facilitate the remote meeting, members of the public who wish to comment on matters before the Planning Commission are strongly encouraged to submit an E-Comment using the form located at https://www.weho.org/city-government/boards-commissions/commissions/planning-commission no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Planning Commission meeting day. Note: E-Comments received by 4:00 p.m. will be forwarded to the Planning Commission and posted on the City’s website as part of the official meeting record.

TO PARTICIPATE BY PROVIDING PUBLIC COMMENT BY TELEPHONE: This option is to provide public comment via phone ONLY. You are strongly encouraged to Email dgillig@weho.org in advance of the Planning Commission meeting, to be added to the Public Speaker List for the meeting. Please include your name, the phone number from which you will be calling, and which item you would like to speak on. b. Dial-in 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.) Dial in Codes: *6 = unmute. *9 = lets the host know you want to speak on the current item Dial-in: 669-900-6833 Meeting I.D.: 820 6118 3223 # c. YOUR PHONE WILL BE MUTED UNTIL YOU ARE CALLED TO SPEAK. Comments from the public are limited to 3 minutes per speaker.

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