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Sunset Junction project still in the works after years of planning and debate

Junction Gateway in Silver Lake

Building permits are pending for 4311 Sunset Blvd. 2014 rendering courtesy Frost/Chaddock

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.

The Junction Gateway project is slated to be three multi-story buildings on 4000, 4100, and 4311 Sunset Boulevard.

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.

Apartments or hotel in Junction Gateway project in SIlver Lake

2014 plan for 4000 Sunset, which could change to a hotel

“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.

Junction Gateway would be constructed on three sites

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21 comments

  1. I have been a resident of this neighborhood for over two decades and am happy to state that none of us want them here.

    • You know who disagrees with selfish long term residents like this^^^? Folks spending an outsized portion of their income on rent, families who are vulnerable to displacement because there is a housing shortage, and those who don’t have a the luxury of seeing a real estate investment continue to inflate due to restricted housing supply.

    • I have been a resident of this neighborhood for over 5 years and am happy to state that I support the project. Many in my cohort would prefer new housing stock (lowering everyone’s rents) and pleasant streets over abandoned, gated hotels and parking lots.

      • I’ve been a resident for years and I’m happy to state I’m not a nimby and think this is a perfectly acceptable project.

        • William Fillmore

          None of this is helpful towards residents who grew up here. This is not affordable housing. None of proposed projects enrich the community.

          But have fun screaming from the troll cave.

          (5 years isn’t a neighborhood resident lol)

          • Please direct us to the clause in LA’s City Charter that states “new developments must be helpful towards residents who ‘grew up here'”

            thanks!

          • More people on the streets do actually enrich the community.

      • You are NAIVE if you think this project will lower rent prices in the neighborhood

    • Go away then. Other people want the opportunity to live in our neighborhood also.

  2. I wish they would at least be honest about it, they are NOT at 4000 Sunset, that project is on Santa Monica Blvd. I am guessing they are claiming to be somewhere else because that Sunset address is zoned higher than it is on that very narrow strip of Santa Monica.

    Re the others, housing prices have not been skyrocketing because of any shortage. There is no more shortage of housing now than there has been at any time for at least the past 40 years, we have the same vacancy rate for decades.

    What is different now is that they are allowing a variety of mortgage setups that allow people to bid a LOT higher a price for housing by paying nothing but interest for the first five years, on the premise you will be doubling your paycheck five years later, and other tricks. That five-year mark means no one is buying to stay, they are just flipping, expecting huge profits. That churning of sales/buying is another factor horrendously pushing up prices. And the small lot subdivision ordinance makes dirt that should be worth no more than $200,000 suddenly worth more than $1 million — which does NOTHING to bring down housing prices, it pushes them up even more and more. And it doesn’t help to see ever more and more and more people from other countries snapping up the real estate here just for speculative purposes, taking that off the market for other buyers.

    California has become the biggest casino of housing on the planet. That is what is pushing up housing prices, not fake assertions by politicians drowning in unconscionably enormous amounts of money from developers (Mitch O’Farrell is just about the worst of the council in taking piles and piles and piles of money from devlopers and all the related people like the construction unions and their lawyers), construction unions, and other related entities about a housing shortage.

    And the city allowing developers to build only high priced housing for the rich is not going to help either. Even when they require housing for more moderate incomes, the most they ever set aside for that is 8%. Well, sorry, but 92% of Angelinos can’t afford the prices out there, not 8%. They have their percentages backward, they’re just pretending to do something.

    Meanwhile, tearing down all the cheaper housing for expensive housing in its place is causing a dramatic shortage of existing lower cost housing. Rent controlled buildings are being torn down left and right and replaced my million dollar-plus housing. In addition, lots of tenants are now being evicted as the city approves conversions to condos, further shorting the rental market.

    Generally speaking, what you have been getting told about the housing problems here has not been the least bit truthful.

    • Thank you for this.

    • Like most things in life, it’s complicated.

      The issues you bring up (flippers, wall street speculation, shady loans / low interest rates) are undoubtedly playing into the real estate bubble in Los Angeles right now. But so is limited supply.

      At the end of the day, none of these 3 projects are displacing low income residents. One’s replacing an abandoned hotel, the other two, mostly surface parking lots and some commercial property.

      The sky is not falling.

      • There’s really no ‘bubble’, as we classically understand it, in the L.A. area. It’s mostly just an issue of supply and demand. The demand portion is complex, with flippers and investors in the market, but at its base, there are waaaay too many people who want homes here, and not nearly enough available for purchase or rent.

        Lots of regulations have prevented the building of affordable housing – mostly town homes and rental units (the parking unit regulation is particularly difficult) – and NIMBYism. I don’t love the large building at the corner of Sunset and Santa Monica, but this city needs to build, badly.

    • there is plenty of affordable housing… if you don’t mind getting robbed once in a while… we all know the zip codes… there is plenty of housing…

    • Every word of this bs is wrong.

    • Mark, speaking of truthfulness, you are either lying or terribly mistaken. LA’s development rates have nosedived compared to prior decades (http://www.abundanthousingla.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/LA_Housing_by_YearBuilt.jpg). Demand for housing in the LA area has increased significantly. Vacancy rates have lowered. There are reliable sources indicating so compiled in this report, I hope you take a chance to read: https://los-angeles.airbnbcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/12/la-housing-vacancy-report-2.pdf

      your agenda is clear, calling out a council person for allegedly stockpiling “piles and piles of money”. Can you tell us how much money this council person is raking in and for what purpose? Since this is government you should surely be able to request this information. Please let us know when you find out.

  3. ready for the next olympics? just a different light. prayers.

  4. Build it already. I around the corner. Not out of character for the neighborhood. Would help an already vibrant Sunset become more so. Doesn’t displace anyone. Fits existing building size.

  5. Please get this project built! The buildings look great – they will greatly enhance foot traffic on Sunset. Why has this taken so long? (teeth-gnashing).

    P.S. I would prefer condos over apartments but who cares what I think.

  6. the 4000 building is the one that troubles me. That intersection can’t take the traffic. The cross streets are already over run.

    Silver Lake is just not the correct neighborhood for this sort of high density project. Downtown, Hollywood, the Wilshire corridor. These are the places that make sense. Not a neighborhood of winding streets and hills.

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