The 1860 – Site Prep Begins for Mixed-Use Development in Los Feliz

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January 21, 2021

At the intersection of Western and Franklin Avenues

Just south Griffith Park in Los Feliz, a shuttered gas station has bitten the dust, and a mixed-use development is poised to rise in its place.

The property, located at the southeast corner of Franklin and Western Avenues, is approved for the construction of a new five-story building featuring 87 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above 6,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and subterranean parking for 112 vehicles.

The project, which was approved by the City of Los Angeles in 2018, will include 11 units of deed-restricted very low-income affordable housing, in exchange for density bonus incentives permitting a larger structure than would be allowable under the base zoning of the property.

KTGY Architecture + Planning is designing the contemporary low-rise structure, named “The 1860” for its address, which will be composed of wood-frame construction above a concrete podium.  Plans call for a U-shaped footprint above the second floor, with a swimming pool deck at the center.  Other planned open-space amenities include two rooftop decks and a ground-level fitness center.

The mixed-use project was entitled for development by Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm Dynamic Development Co., which originally sought to build a larger 97-unit complex.  However, the development was downscaled prior to approval.

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Los Angeles County Assessor records now list the owner of the project site as an entity affiliated with American Commercial Equities Management of Malibu.  The company acquired the nearly one-acre property for $11 million in late 2020.

The project site is located less than a quarter mile north of Metro’s Hollywood/Western Station, where a similar mixed-use project from ABS Properties is slated to replace a surface parking lot.

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