SILVER LAKE — Developer Frost/Chaddock has modified plans to build three, large apartment buildings in Sunset Junction, with a company attorney describing the new plans and designs as a “significant improvement” over the previous proposal. Despite the changes, the Junction Gateway project remains big, totaling 324 apartments in a trio of multistory buildings, including a five-story structure in an area of mostly one and two story buildings.
“Not everyone will love it,” said David Rand, a land use attorney working for the West Hollywood developer. “You never please everybody in land use.”
Frost/Chaddock’s initial plans met with a large amount of community resistance and prompted the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council to withhold it’s support. The revised proposal is in response to those criticisms and suggestions. It’s still remains to be seen whether these changes will win over more residents. Frost/Chaddock, meanwhile, remains committed to seeing the project get built, Rand said.
Here’s a rundown of the changes:
4000 Sunset: This five-story building with 84 apartments that would rise at the intersection of Sunset, Santa Monica and Sanborn (across from Cafe Stella) underwent the most significant changes from the concept presented more than a year ago. The number of apartments was reduced and the eastern corner of the building was notched to create a public plaza facing Sunset Junction. The ground floor includes room for restaurants with outdoor dining and “creative office space” was added to the building, said Rand.
The design of the building that bends slightly along Santa Monica was changed to give it a look that was more “edgier” and more “appropriate for the location and Silver Lake in general,” said Rand. Meanwhile, the top floor of the building was stepped back to make it appear less tall from the pedestrian’s point of view. “It remains a five-story building,” Rand said, but it’s a “more sensitive five-story building than was proposed previously.”
4311 Sunset: The apartments and bulk that were removed from 4000 Sunset was transferred to this site, currently home of the vacant Bates Motel. The building, under the current plans, will contain 149 apartment units.
4100 Sunset: Located on the site of the 4100 bar, this proposed 91-unit apartment building now includes more than 40 parking public parking spaces under the current plans (they are public spaces but that does not mean they will be free).
The three buildings would include apartments reserved for low-income tenants. Rand said the public review process will probably be completed next year; construction would take about two years.