1024 Mateo Project

Case Number: ENV-2016-4555-SCEA
Related Case Number: CPC-2016-4554-GPA-VZC-HD-DB-SPR, VTT-74596
Council District: 14
Community Plan Areas: Central City North
Project Location: 1000, 1016, 1026 South Mateo Street; 2006, 2010, 2016, 2018 East Bay Street; 2001, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, 2023 East Sacramento Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021


Project Description: The subject of this SCEA is the proposed 1024 Mateo Project (Project). Project site is located at 1000, 1016, 1026 South Mateo Street; 2006, 2010, 2016, 2018 East Bay Street; and 2001, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, 2023 East Sacramento Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021. The Site consists of 11 lots with a total area of approximately 62,111 square feet or 1.42 acres. The Site is bound by Bay Street to the north, Sacramento Street to the south, Mateo Street to the west, and a light industrial use building to the east. The Los Angeles River is approximately 2,100 feet to the east of the Project Site. The Project Site is currently developed with a surface parking lot and a 16,960 square-foot maintenance service building, which was formerly operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) and was used as a service center for transit buses. The Project Site has not been identified on a list enumerated under Gov. Code Section 65962.5. The Project includes the demolition of the surface parking lot and the 16,960 square-foot maintenance service building; and the construction, use and maintenance of a single 257,287 square-foot mixed-use building containing a total of 106 live/work condominium units and approximately 119,843 square feet of commercial space, including 13,978 square feet of retail space, 13,126 square feet of restaurant space, and 92,740 square-feet of office space. Of the 106 units, 9 units would be set aside for Very Low Income Households. The proposed building would be eight stories tall and approximately 127 feet in height with a floor area ratio of 4.57:1. The Project would provide 402 vehicular parking spaces within a parking garage consisting of one subterranean, one at-grade and second floor levels. Vehicular access to the subterranean level will be provided via an ingress and egress driveway along Bay Street, and access to the ground level parking will be provided via an ingress and egress driveway along Sacramento Street. A third driveway will be provided along the easterly property line on Sacramento Street for the trash and loading area. A total of 145 bicycle parking stalls, including 33 short-term and 112 long-term stalls, would be provided at the ground level. The Project would provide 24,020 square feet of usable open space within an outdoor courtyard, a rooftop deck, a recreation room and balconies. The Project requires approximately 39,985 cubic yards of export and removal of six trees including three on-site trees and three street trees along Mateo Street.

Permits and Approvals: In order to permit development of the Site, the Project requires the following approvals: (a) a General Plan Amendment to amend the Land Use Designation in the Central City North Community Plan from Heavy Industrial to Commercial Industrial and delete Footnotes 1 and 6 as it relates to the Project Site from the Industrial Land Use Category to permit Height District 2 in the CM Zone; (b) a Vesting Zone Change and Height District Change from M3-1-RIO to CM-2-RIO; (c) a Density Bonus Compliance Review for a 35-percent density increase and an On-Menu Incentive to utilize the pre-dedicated lot area of 62,111 square feet to define the Project Site’s permitted density in exchange for setting aside 11 percent, or 9 units, of the base density for Very Low Income Households; (d) a Site Plan Review for a development project which creates or results in an increase of 50 or more dwelling units; (e) a Vesting Tentative Tract Map to merge and re-subdivide 11 lots and to create 106 live/work condominiums within an airspace subdivision consisting of one (1) master lot and six (6) air space lots; and (f) Other discretionary and ministerial permits and approvals that may be deemed necessary, including, but not limited to, grading permits, excavation permits, foundation permits, haul route and building permits and sign permits in order to execute and implement the Project.

Regulatory Compliance and Mitigation Measures: The SCEA determined that all potentially significant environmental impacts can be mitigated to less than significant. Mitigation measures were adopted for the following impact areas: Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Geology and Soils, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, and Transportation. The Project site is not included on the lists enumerated under Gov. Code Section 65962.5. Pursuant to Section 21155.2 of the PRC, this SCEA: 1) incorporates all feasible mitigation measures, performance standards, or criteria set forth in the prior applicable environmental impact reports, including the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) prepared by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and adopted in findings made pursuant to Section 21081; and 2) contains mitigation that either avoids or mitigates to a level of insignificance all potentially significant or significant effects of the Project required to be identified in the initial study prepared for the Project.

File Review and Comments: The Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (SCEA) and the documents referenced in the SCEA are available for public review by appointment. Please contact the Staff Planner listed below to schedule an appointment.

The SCEA is also available online at the Department of City Planning's website at https://planning.lacity.org (click on the "Development Services" tab at the top, then from the pull down menu, select “Published Documents” under the Environmental Review column. Next select "Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessments", and click on the icon to the right of the Project title).

The SCEA can also be purchased on CD-ROM for $5.00 per copy. Contact Nuri Cho at (213) 978-1177 to purchase copies.

If you wish to submit comments following review of the SCEA, please reference the Environmental Case No. above, and submit them in writing by Monday, September 21, 2020, no later than 4:00 p.m.

Please direct your comments to:

             Mail:          Nuri Cho
                               City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning
                               200 N. Spring Street, Room 621
                               Los Angeles, CA 90012
          E-mail:         Nuri.Cho@lacity.org


Comment Review Period:   August 20, 2020 to September 21, 2020