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WeHo Mixed-User Wants More Density, Less Parking For SMB

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The densification of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood rolls on (some prior examples: the mixed-use Walgreens and and The Dylan mixed-user), with developer Combined Properties hoping to double the number of residential units in their proposed mixed-user at Kings Road. Back in 2008, CP asked to build 20 units sized between 1,000 and 1,800 square feet, but now they're hoping for 48 smaller units (with eight set aside for lower-income folks). The building would be four stories facing SMB and three in the back (on the site of a two-story building and a small parking lot). In more signs of the times, Combined wants to include less parking than required, and provide bus passes for lower-income units and fewer parking spots for the retail—which would shrink from the original 7,099 square feet to 5,580—arguing that a lot of visitors will come to the stores on foot, which makes sense considering the pedestrian-friendliness of the neighborhood. The planning commission will take up Combined's requested revisions at a meeting on Thursday. The developer, which has given money to the campaigns of many WeHo councilmembers, is also hoping to remake the northeast corner of SMB and La Brea, currently home to a pretty garish strip mall.
· Developer Seeks Permission to Double Condos at Proposed Santa Monica Boulevard and Kings Road Building [WeHoville]