SunWest Project

Draft Environmental Impact Report


CASE No. ENV-2015-2448-EIR
SCH No. 2015091003


Project Location: 5509, 5511, 5515, 5517, 5519, 5521, 5523, 5525, 5527, 5529 West Sunset Boulevard; 1505, 1507, 1509, 1511, 1515, 1523, 1525, 1527, 1529, 1531, 1535 North Western Avenue; and 5518 West Harold Way, Los Angeles, California, 90028

Council District: 13, Mitch O’Farrell

Project Description: The Project includes demolition and removal of the existing 26,457-square-foot commercial/retail building, covered storage areas, and 105 surface parking spaces on the Project site and development of the site with a mixed-use building, including 5 stories of residential apartments above a podium level, 33,980 square feet of general commercial land uses (including 32,990 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 990-square-foot leasing office), and two levels of subterranean parking. The Project includes 293 dwelling units – 105 studios, 110 1-bedroom units, and 78 2-bedroom units. Of the 293 dwelling units, 15 units would be very-low-income units. The maximum height of the building would reach approximately 80 feet. In order to implement the Project, the Project Applicant is requesting approval of the following discretionary actions from the City:  1) Project Permit Compliance for consistency with the Vermont/Western Transit Oriented District Specific Plan (SNAP); 2) Site Plan Review for a project creating more than 50 residential units; 3) Pursuant to LAMC 12.22-A.25(c), a 21 percent density bonus of which 6.0 percent would be set aside for very-low-income households.  The Project Applicant is requesting one On-Menu Affordable Housing Incentive to allow an increase in the FAR to 3.3:1 in lieu of the maximum 3:1 as limited in the Vermont/Western Transit Oriented District Specific Plan (SNAP); 4) Project Permit Adjustment to allow a 10-foot high Pedestrian Throughway in lieu of the 12-foot height limit as required in the Vermont/Western Transit Oriented District Specific Plan SNAP; 5) Project Permit Adjustment to allow an increase in height of less than 10 percent of the height limitation, resulting to a maximum height of 80 feet in lieu of the 75-height limit in the Vermont/Western Transit Oriented District Specific Plan (SNAP); and 6) Master Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for on-site sale and consumption of a full line of alcoholic beverages at two restaurants and off-site sale and consumption of a full line of alcoholic beverages at a planned grocery store.


Document Review and Comment: If you wish to review a print copy of the Draft EIR or the documents referenced in the Draft EIR, you may do so during office hours (between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.) at the City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, 200 North Spring Street, City Hall, Room 750, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The Draft EIR is available online at the Department of City Planning’s website at (click on “Environmental Review” then “Draft EIR”); and electronic copies are also available at the following libraries:

Will and Ariel Durant Branch Library
7140 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046

John C. Fremont Branch Library
6121 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Wilshire Branch Library
149 North St. Andrews Place
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Los Feliz Branch Library
1874 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Cahuenga Branch Library
4591 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Frances Howard Golden – Hollywood Regional Library
1623 North Ivar Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Los Angeles Central Library
630 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Draft EIR can also be purchased on CD-ROM for $7.50 per copy. Contact Karen Hoo at (213) 978-1331 to purchase copies.

Comment Review Period: October 20, 2016 to December 5, 2016. If you wish to submit comments following review of the Draft EIR, please reference the file number above, and submit them in writing no later than 4:00 P.M. on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Please direct your comments to:

Via Mail:         Karen Hoo, Environmental Review Coordinator
                         Environmental Review Section
                         Department of City Planning
                         200 North Spring Street, Room 750
                         Los Angeles, CA 90012
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