Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Construction of Five-Story Affordable Housing On Martel Ave

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The West Hollywood Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a recommendation to the City Council on adoption of the draft Housing Element and certification of the environmental impact report for the request to demolish seven dwelling units on three abutting parcels at 1041-1049 North Martel Avenue and build a new five-story, 50 unit 100% affordable multi-family residential building with supportive housing and a one level subterranean parking garage. The teleconference meeting will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 6:30 p.m.

According to the City Staff report, the approximately 20,623-square-foot (0.47 acres) project site consists of three contiguous parcels on the west side of Martel Avenue, south of Santa Monica Boulevard and immediately abutting a public alley to the north not far from Plummer Park. The project site includes a street frontage of approximately 147.41 feet and lot depth of approximately 139.91 feet. The 1041-1043 Martel parcel furthest to the south is currently developed with a 2,099-square- foot, single-story duplex built in 1924. The 1045-1047 Martel middle parcel is currently developed with a 1,652-square-foot, single-story duplex built in 1923 with a rear 1,059- square-foot detached, single-story dwelling also built in 1923. The 1049 Martel parcel furthest to the north is currently developed with a 1,369-square-foot, single-story dwelling built in 1924 with a detached 695-square-foot, single-story rear dwelling also built in 1924. The property is zoned (Residential, Multi-Family Medium Density (R3B) and is designated Medium Density Residential in the West Hollywood General Plan.

The existing land uses surrounding the project site to the east, west and south and in the immediate vicinity are single and multi-family residential buildings that range from one, to three stories in height within the R3B zoning district. The land uses to the north across the public alley fronting Santa Monica Boulevard are commercial uses and range from one to two stories in height within the CC1 (Commercial, Community 1) zoning district. The property immediately across the street at 1052 Martel Avenue has been entitled for a three-story, five-unit development and is currently in the plan check process before obtaining its building permits. Additionally, the commercial property across the alley at 7424-7426 Santa Monica Boulevard has been entitled for a five-story, mixed-use development and is currently under construction.

The project is located in a highly resourced area within the City of West Hollywood. In addition to the services provided on-site, residents will have access to nearby parks, transit, and retail. Neighborhood amenities include Plummer Park located 0.13 miles from the property, West Hollywood Senior Center located 0.10 miles, Durant Branch Library located 0.64 miles, Trader Joe’s Grocery located 0.14 miles, and a CVS/Target located 0.36 miles from the project site. The site is located one block from high quality transit.

The view the Planning Commission Teleconference Meeting Agenda Packet – Thursday, January 20, 2022 (includes links to agenda items and materials), click on the link below:

https://weho.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=16&event_id=1327

 TO PARTICIPATE BY PROVIDING PUBLIC COMMENT BY TELEPHONE:

This option is to provide public comment via phone ONLY.  To view the meeting, please see information on how to view the meeting provided above.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 itemDial-in:           669-900-6833

    Meeting I.D.:  852 1210 6003  #

  3. YOUR PHONE WILL BE MUTED UNTIL YOU ARE CALLED TO SPEAK. Comments from the public are limited to 3 minutes per speaker.

TO VIEW THE PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
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