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Western WeHo's Santa Monica Getting Mixed-Use Apartments

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The Santa Monica Boulevard apartmentification action is heading west--last week, West Hollywood filed a notice (pdf) that they were going to prepare the necessary environmental docs for a new mixed-use development on Santa Monica near Knoll Drive. The one-acre site is currently home to a parking lot, three two-story commercial buildings, and a single-family house, but a developer is proposing to replace all that with a five-story building of 93 apartments plus five live-work units, and 34,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. The apartments would occupy the top three stories and include a mix of one-and two-bed units, with one three-bedroom; a total of 19 units would be designated "affordable." Residential access would be along West Knoll Drive, and a total of 308 car parking spaces and 45 bike spots would be provided (for both the residential and the retail) on four levels; one level would be underground. No word on who's designing the project, but the site plans (pdf) were prepared by the recently shuttered Kanner Architects. The first scoping meeting will be held next week.
· Initial Study of 8555 Santa Monica Boulevard (pdf) [WeHo]