A whole lot more people might actually call Warner Center home someday soon. The area's new specific plan calls for it to be transformed into a more "cosmopolitan" neighborhood, emphasizing the live/work balance. And now, joining the nearly-complete 300-unit Warner Park complex and 395 units being built on Variel Avenue are 600 new apartments slated for the corner of Victory Boulevard and Variel, reports the Daily News. The 615,000 square foot complex is being built by Weintraub Real Estate Group on the site of the old Catalina Yachts boat building. The developer owns, among other things, the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City and bought the Orange Line-adjacent parcel last year.
The nine-building development will be mixed-use, but only just: 18 of the 600 units will be live/work apartments with businesses at the front. The project has been approved by the Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council and the LA Planning Department has approved the developer's request to split the lot into two. But "Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the area, is not too happy about the size of the project ... 'They never discussed the number of units so we need to sit down with them again and discuss what they want to do,' Zine said. 'I've got concerns about the number of units they are planning.'"
Assuming those concerns don't turn into something more grave, construction is expected to start later this year and last 18 to 24 months.
· Warner Center developer proposes 600 apartments on Catalina Yachts property [Daily News]
· New Plan Set to Make Warner Center More Live/Work Friendly [Curbed LA]