By Christine Peters aka The Planning Lady
Here’s the latest batch of notable city planning filings and notices:
Allston Yacht Club, 1320 Echo Park Ave. The owners of Allston Yacht Club are seeking to continue operation of the existing 1,600 square-foot restaurant and bar without having to provide on-site parking. What can we say about AYC? Except that it’s a Planning Lady favorite. Planning Lady remembers the days when it a pupuseria known as “La Paz,” and, well, she’s a bit partial to its new inhabitant. Okay, enough with the favoritism. All that being said, AYC inherited some pretty strict conditions from the previous tenant, a restaurant called 15. Based on community concerns about the previous owners of 15, the city’s zoning officer placed strict conditions regarding parking, specials, live music, etc. on restaurant 15. AYC, after two years of operation, is seeking to have some of the stricter conditions lifted based on the goodwill they have developed with the community. La Paz never had to provide off-street parking in the old days days and AYC is hoping to keep it that way. Case No. ZA-2011-1260-CUB-ZA
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2327 W. Beverly Blvd. T Mobile wants to place a wireless facility on top of the existing, five-story University Building in a commercial zone. A representative who no longer works for T Mobile said the company is seeking to modify an existing wireless unit already in place. Case. No.ENV-2011-1288-CE.
5610 Aldama Dr. The property owner wants to build a new 1,106 square-foot single-family home in a rear yard. The property is located in the Highland Park-Garvanza Overlay Zone, which regulates remodels of “contributing buildings” – structures that add to the neighborhood’s historic significance – as well as new construction found. This should require a review by the HPOZ Board. The area is zoned R2, which allows 2 residential units on the property. Case No ENV-2011-1222-CE
211 S. Ave 20. The Alliance for College Ready Public Schools wants to build a 48,585 square-foot, three-story charter school for grades 6-12, with two levels of underground parking. The site is located in a commercial zone as well as a Adaptive Reuse Incentive Area, that encourages repurposing existing buildings into live/work, mixed-use or residential units in exchange for reduced parking and less restrictive enforcement of zoning. The site looks like it is currently being used as a parking lot. Looking at the map, however, it is quite close to the very busy 5 freeway. New school construction guidelines often mandate mitigations if they are within a certain distance of freeways. The developer’s representative said plans would soon be available for review. Case No. ZA-2011-1250-ZV
The Planning Lady is in no way a professional planner, employee of the City of Los Angeles or on the dole of any developers. Just a crusty old gal who has gone to one too many Planning Commission meetings! Want to track any above the cases? Enter the case number with the city’s Planning Department Case Tracking page.
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