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WeHo Neighbors Weigh in on New La Brea Developments

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WeHo residents got a look at at two proposed mixed-use developments for eastern WeHo at a scoping meeting held last night at Plummer Park. Replacing a dingy Carl's Jr. at Santa Monica Blvd. and LaBrea, and a less-than-glam Jon's grocery store at Fountain and LaBrea, the 45-minute meeting drew a crowd of about 25 people. Main concerns: The water-table, and wait for it, traffic. Additionally, the few people that spoke wondered if the parking entrances/exits would be equipped with left turn signals so traffic wouldn't be backed up on La Brea and Fountain. There was also concerns about the plan to have deliveries and trash dealt with on Detroit Street for the Santa Monica/LaBrea project (people are worried about big stinky trucks on Detroit). The developer is La Jolla-based Monarch, which hopes to have construction kick off in 2010 if financing works out. At yesterday's meeting we asked WeHo officials about the contentious Tasty Donuts/Walgreens development at SanMon/CrscntHghts—basically, the two LaBrea developments are light-years ahead of that one, so enjoy the chocolate glazeds.

Fountain/LaBrea deets:

-187 residential rental units, 147 one-bedroom units and 40 two-bedroom units; room floor areas range from 681 to 1,234 square feet
-Two courtyards, rooftop garden, outdoor swimming pool, clubhouse, and fitness room
-20 percent of units (38 units) offered as affordable housing
-19,559 square feet of commercial space, including an optional 1,400-square-foot
outdoor dining area
-recreation and open space amenities for use by residents
-building height: 70 feet (six stories)
-2,000-square-foot outdoor plaza on La Brea
-7,783-square-foot restaurant
-optional 1,400 square feet of outdoor dining space in plaza
-10,376 square feet of commercial space
-mailroom for residents, management and leasing office, and lobby for residents and
guests
-landscaping, including addition of street trees
-all parking provided on site
-ground level parking for shoppers and 2 levels of subterranean parking for residents
-240 spaces for residents
-119 spaces for patrons of commercial uses
-entrance/exit on La Brea Avenue
-exit-only on Fountain Avenue
-demolition and excavation: 3 to 4 months
-construction: 24 months
-projected start in 2010

Santa Monica/LaBrea deets:

-184 residential rental units
-144 one-bedroom units; includes 3 live/work lofts (ground level) and 2 townhouse-style units
-40 two-bedroom units
-room floor areas range from 681 to 1,221 square feet
-20 percent of units (37 units) offered as affordable housing
-two courtyards, rooftop terrace, outdoor swimming pool, clubhouse, and fitness room
-total private open space: 7,978 square feet
-total common open space: 16,448 square feet
-13,350 square feet of commercial space including an optional 700-square-foot outdoor dining area
-recreation and open space amenities for use by residents
-building height: 70 feet (six stories)
-4,267-square-foot restaurant
-optional 700 square feet of outdoor dining space
-8,200 square feet of commercial space
-mailroom for residents and lobby for residents and guests
-landscaping, including addition of street trees
-all parking provided on site
-ground level parking for shoppers and 2 levels of subterranean parking for residents
-225 spaces for residents
-75 spaces for patrons of commercial uses
-entrance/exit on La Brea Avenue
-access for retail loading and waste collection on Detroit Street
-demolition and Excavation: 3 to 4 months
-construction: 24 months
-projected start in 2010

· Neighborhood Changer #1 [Curbed LA]
· Neighborhood Changer #2 [Curbed LA]