The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council has scheduled a special meeting next week to take up a developer’s plans to build more than 300 apartments in a trio of buildings that promise to dramatically change the look and atmosphere of Sunset Junction. Frost/Chaddock earlier this year said it wants to construct the new buildings within three blocks of each other. Two of the properties would rise across the street from each other on the site of the 4100 Bar and the site of Santa Monica Boulevard storefronts that were demolished last summer. In addition, the vacant Sunset Pacific Motel on Sunset Boulevard and Bates Avenue would also be demolished to make way for a new apartment building.
The neighborhood council has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, April 24 to review and possibly take action as an environmental impact report is prepared on the trio of apartment buildings that would stand four-stories tall. The public has until April 26 to comment on what kinds of issues that report should take into account.
The meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Lake Independent JCC, 1100 Bates Ave, which is located across the street from one of the proposed apartment buildings. An official with the developer has agreed to attend the meeting, said Clint Lukens, co-chair of the neighborhood council.
Frost/Chaddock angered many residents when it unexpectedly demolished a cluster of Sunset Junction storefronts last September. Officials from the neighborhood council and Council District 13 said they were taken by surprise when Frost/Chaddock ordered the demolition of the one-story building near the corner of Santa Monica and Sunset boulevards. The building – which once served as the original site to A Different Light, a gay bookstore that eventually become a nationwide chain – was considered a possible historic landmark.
According to documents filed by the Frost-Chaddock, the developer is seeking to build more apartments than are currently allowed in return for setting aside some of the units for low-income tenants. The buildings would also include space for restaurants and shops.