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Upgrade!: LOHA-Designed WeHo Walgreens Project Approved

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Voting 6-1, West Hollywood's Planning Commission approved the Walgreens mixed-user at Santa Monica Blvd. and Crescent Heights last night, which means it's good to go. The LOHA-designed project, which includes 20 residential units atop the pharmacy and other retail, attracted a vehement opposition, strangely, considering the current site is a dilapidated, half-empty strip-mall with a donut shop (Tasty Donuts) as its most notable occupant. The development has been in the works since 2006 and, after complaints, went from 48 units to 28 to 20 (here are some early renderings). The Walgreens will take up 13,276 square feet, with another 2,138 square feet set aside for other groundfloor retail. The project will also have a rooftop "Sky Park." To quell traffic concerns, the commission limited delivery times and stipulated that cars will not be able to turn left onto Crescent or Havenhurst between 3 and 7 pm, reports the West Hollywood Patch. Yesterday's approval was the last step before construction--that is unless an appeal is filed within 10 days (don't be surprised), in which case the full city council would have to consider the project.
· Walgreens Gets Green Light [West Hollywood Patch]
· You May Be Dead Before WeHo Walgreens Project Breaks Ground [Curbed LA]