By BARRY LANK
SILVER LAKE — It has been more than five years since developer Frost/Chaddock stunned residents by unveiling plans to build a trio of large apartment buildings in the Sunset Junction area. Earlier this summer, the developer applied for the first building permits. Does this mean the Frost/Chaddock is preparing to finally break ground? Not really.
Building permits that were filed in June for a four-story building at 4311 Sunset — which is the current home of the former Sunset Motel, aka Bates Motel — indicate it will have 108 residential units and commercial space. That’s fewer units that the 149 presented in 2014.
In addition, the project at 4311 is now slated for just 108 residential and commercial units, according to a document that was recently filed to get permits. The plan for that building in 2014 had been for 149 apartment units. A recent estimate on the project’s web site listed it as 122 apartments.
The city has not yet approved the permits and won’t until the project receives all of its entitlements, said Glenn Gritzner, a spokesman for the project.
The developer has indicated that the final plans for Junction Gateway could continue to change from the original concept. Last year, a draft of the project’s environmental impact report said that a 95-room hotel could serve as an alternative to the 84-unit apartment building with commercial space proposed for 4000 Sunset at Santa Monica Boulevard.
“We are interested in (the building planned for 4000 Sunset Blvd.) as a hotel,” said Glenn Gritzner, a spokesman for the project. “It was always an alternative in the (environmental impact report), and the more we studied it, and the more and more positive the community reaction, the more excited we’ve been about it. We’re hopeful the city will see it as viable alternative.”
Gritzner said Frost/Chaddock has submitted the final environmental impact report to the city. That report will now have to be reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council. That process alone probably won’t be completed until the first quarter of next year.
At this point, says Gritzner, it’s not clear when construction would begin on Junction Gateway.
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