Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (SCEA)

Soul Project
Case Number: ENV-2018-3986-SCEA
Related Case Numbers:
ZA-2018-3985-MCUP-TOC-WDI-SPR and VTT-82171-CN
Community Plan Area: Wilshire
Council District: 13 - O'Farrell
Project Location(s):
522, 530, and 550 South Shatto Place
3119 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90020

Project Description:
The proposed Project involves the construction, use, and maintenance of a 222,944 square-foot mixed-use tower with 256 residential units, 2,507 square feet of office floor area, and a maximum height of 341 feet. The project will also involve the demolition of all preexisting buildings onsite, except for the reuse of an existing church building in to 12,800 square feet of restaurant uses. The project will set aside 29 units (11% of the total quantity of units) for extremely low income households. The proposed project has 329 automobile parking spaces, which includes four levels of subterranean parking, 141 long-term bicycle parking spaces, 17 short-term bicycle parking spaces, and 21,450 square feet of open space.
Permits and Approvals:
The applicant is requesting: (1) Pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 17.01 and 17.15, a Vesting Tentative Tract Map for the creation of four (4) airspace lots, the merger of 20 feet of an existing dedication along Shatto Place in to the Project site, the subsurface merger of Shatto Place between 30 feet and 37 feet from the centerline of Shatto Place beginning at seven feet below the sidewalk in to the Project site, the merger of the corner cut of Shatto Place and 6th Street, the waiver of public right of way improvements along Shatto Place, the waiver of dedication and public right of way improvements along 6th Street, and the proposed Haul Route; (2) Pursuant to LAMC Section 12.22 A.31, a Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Affordable Housing Incentive Program to permit an 80% increase in density consistent with the provisions of the TOC Affordable Housing Incentive Program along with the following two incentives for a qualifying Tier 4 Project, reserving 29 units as affordable to and occupied by Extremely Low Income Households for a period of 55 years: (a) Authorization to provide setbacks consistent with the RAS3 Zone and (b) Authorization to reduce required open space by 25%; (3) Pursuant to LAMC Section 12.24 W.1, a Master Conditional Use Permit (MCUP) to allow the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in conjunction with three proposed restaurants. All restaurants seeking to utilize the requested MCUP would have maximum hours of operation from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., daily, with a combined floor area of 12,800 square feet; (4) Pursuant to LAMC Section 16.05, a Site Plan Review; (5) Adoption of the Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (SCEA); and (6) Approval of other permits, ministerial or discretionary, may be necessary in order to execute and implement the project. Such approvals may include, but are not limited to: landscaping approvals, exterior approvals, storm water discharge permits, grading permits, haul route permits, and installation and hookup approvals for public utilities and related permits.
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: Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology and Soils, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Hydrology and Water Quality, Noise, Public Services, Transportation, and Mandatory Findings of Significance. This location is not a site on any of the lists enumerated under Gov. Code Section 65962.5. Pursuant to Section 21155.2 of the PRC, this SCEA Initial Study: (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 avoid or mitigate to a level of insignificance all potentially significant or significant effects of the Project required to be identified in this initial study.
File Review and Comments:
The Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (SCEA) and the documents referenced in the SCEA are available for public review at the City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 621, Los Angeles, CA 90012, during office hours Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. 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 "Environmental Review" tab on the left-hand side, then "Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessments", and click on the Project title).

The SCEA can also be purchased on CD-ROM for $5.00 per copy. Contact Will Hughen at (213) 978-1182 to purchase copies.

If you wish to submit comments following review of the SCEA, please reference the Environmental Case Number above, and submit them in writing by Monday, June 24, 2019, no later than 4:00 p.m.

Please direct your comments to:

             Mail:   Will Hughen
                         City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
                         200 North Spring Street, Room 763
                         Los Angeles, CA 90012
         E-mail:   william.hughen@lacity.org
Comment Review Period:
May 23, 2019 to June 24, 2019

Olympic and Hill Projects
Case Number: ENV-2019-1792-SCEA
Related Case Nos:
CPC-2016-4710-TDR-MCUP-SPR and VTT-74760
Community Plan Area: Central City
Council District: 14 - Huizar
Project Location:
1000-1034 S. Hill Street and 220-226 W. Olympic Boulevard

Project Description:

The Proposed Project includes the demolition of the existing surface parking lot on the Project Site and the construction of a 60-story mixed-use building (760 feet in height), which includes 700 residential dwelling units and 15,000 square feet of ground floor commercial/retail spaces. The Proposed Project would be 60 stories high consisting of seven levels of parking below grade, ground floor commercial/retail uses, a five-story podium with an amenity deck having glass railings, and a 55-story residential tower above the amenity deck. The Proposed Project would provide a total of 1,075 vehicle parking spaces, which includes 840 spaces for the residential uses, 15 spaces for commercial/retail use in accordance with the Los Angeles Municipal Code (“LAMC”) requirements, and 220 spaces for an adjacent office building by private contract agreement. Parking on the Project Site would be provided in seven subterranean levels, the ground level, and on levels one through four. Primary vehicular access for residential and commercial uses would be provided via two full-access driveways: one on Hill Street and one from the adjacent alley, Blackstone Court. Vehicular access for a proposed porte cochère that exits onto Blackstone Court would be provided from Olympic Boulevard. Pursuant to the Bicycle Ordinance, the Proposed Project would provide 290 parking spaces including 258 long-term and 32 short-term bicycle parking spaces. The Proposed Project meets the LAMC requirements for open space by providing approximately 86,976 square feet of open space and amenity areas. The Proposed Project would include 657,943 square feet of total floor area resulting in a floor area ratio (FAR) of 13:1. Seven street trees (five Canary Island pine and two Southern Magnolia) would be removed from the public right-of-way; 184 new trees would be provided, including 42 street trees. Trees in the public right-of-way would be replaced at a minimum 2:1 ratio.

Permits and Approvals:

The Project's discretionary requests include: (1) Pursuant to LAMC Section 14.5.6.B, a Transfer of Floor Area Rights (TFAR) Greater Than 50,000 square feet of floor area for the transfer of approximately 354,277 square feet of floor area; (2) Pursuant to LAMC Section 12.24.W.1, a Master Conditional Use Permit to allow the on-site sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages within the Project's commercial spaces; (3) Pursuant to LAMC Section 16.05, a Site Plan Review for the construction of 700 residential units; (4) Pursuant to LAMC Section 17.15, a Vesting Tentative Tract Map for merger and re-subdivision of the Project Site for residential and commercial condominium purposes; and (5) Pursuant to LAMC Section 17.05, haul route approval in connection with the tract map approval. The Proposed Project would also require approvals and permits from the Department of Building and Safety (and other municipal agencies) for project construction activities including, but not limited to, the following: excavation, shoring, grading, foundation, haul route (for the export of approximately 206,100 cubic yards of soil), and removal of existing street trees (requires Board of Public Works approval).

Mitigation Measures: The SCEA determined that all potentially significant environmental impacts could be mitigated to less than significant. Mitigation measures were adopted for the following impact areas: Biological Resources, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Noise, Public Services, Transportation/Traffic, and Tribal Cultural Resources. This location is not a site on any of 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 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016-2040 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 less than significant 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 at the City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 621, Los Angeles, CA 90012, during office hours Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. 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 "Environmental Review" tab on the left-hand side, then "Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessments", and click on the Project title).

The SCEA can also be purchased on CD-ROM for $5.00 per copy. Contact Michael Sin at (213) 978-1345 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, May 6, 2019, no later than 4:00 p.m.
Please direct your comments to:

             Mail:    Michael Sin
                         City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
                         200 North Spring Street, Room 621
                         Los Angeles, CA 90012
         E-mail:    michael.sin@lacity.org
Comment Review Period: April 4, 2019 to May 6, 2019

Weingart Projects
Case Number: ENV-2017-615-SCEA
Related Case Nos:
Site 1: CPC-2017-614-GPAJ-ZCJ-HD-SPR and VTT-74852
Site 2: CPC-2017-589-GPAJ-ZCJ-HD-SPR and VTT-74864
Community Plan Area: Central City
Council District: 14 - Huizar
Project Location:
Site 1: 554-562 South San Pedro Street and 555-561 South Crocker Street
Site 2: 600-628 South San Pedro Street, 6116-615 South Crocker Street, and 518-522 East 6th Street

Project Description:

Site 1: Site 1 development generally includes the demolition and removal of an existing 7,000-square-foot food service building and surface parking area and construction of 222,574 square feet of mixed residential, philanthropic institution, and commercial land uses in two towers (Tower 1A and Tower 1B) and one level of subterranean parking garage with 32 parking spaces (27,300 square feet). The Site 1 Project would include a total of 382 residential dwelling units (194,831 square feet); a total of 25,493 square feet to be used for philanthropic institution land uses; 2,250 square feet to be used for commercial land uses; and approximately 26,060 square feet of common indoor and outdoor open space. Of the 382 residential dwelling units, 378 units would be set aside as Restricted Affordable Units with the remaining four units designated as Manager Units. Vehicular access to Site 1 would be provided via a single driveway on Crocker Street. In addition, the southern paseo would permit limited vehicular access from Crocker Street from an existing curb cut (not out to South San Pedro Street but in and out of Site 1, only). Limited vehicular access would be required per an existing easement to provide loading and unloading opportunities to the abutting Weingart Center Association building and the building located at the northwest corner of Crocker Street and 6th Street.

Site 2: Site 2 development generally includes the demolition and removal of an existing surface parking lot and development of the site with 164,875 square feet of mixed-use residential and commercial land uses in two buildings (Building 1 and Building 2). The Site 2 Project would include a total of 303 residential dwelling units (298 Very-Low-Income affordable units and 5 manager units, approximately 148,705 square feet); 3,200 square feet to be used for commercial land uses; 17,100 square feet to be used for office land uses; 33,000 square feet of open space; and 79,752 square feet to be used for parking land uses, providing 212 vehicle parking spaces. A 13,815-square-foot outdoor courtyard/urban park would separate the two buildings and provide pedestrian access to Site 2 from South San Pedro Street and Crocker Street. Vehicular access to Site 2 would be provided via a single driveway on San Pedro Street.

Permits and Approvals:

Site 1: Pursuant to Los Angeles City Charter Section 555 and Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 11.5.6, a General Plan Amendment to the Central City Community Plan to amend the land use designation of Site 1 from Light Manufacturing to Regional Center Commercial and to amend Footnote No. 3 of the Community Plan to permit development on Site 1 to exceed the 6:1 floor area limitations; Pursuant to LAMC Section 12.32 F, a Zone and Height District Change from M2-2D to C2-4D and pursuant to LAMC Section 11.5.11(e) and California Government Code 65915(k) the following three Developer Incentives to permit: 35 percent increase in FAR for a maximum 8.1:1 FAR, or 223,615 square feet, in lieu of the Development "D" Limitation of 6:1 FAR, or 165,641 square feet; 26,060 square feet of open space and 48 trees (a 33 percent reduction in required open space and a 50 percent reduction in the number of required trees) in lieu of the 38,200 square feet of open space and 96 trees required pursuant to LAMC Section 12.21 G, and to permit up to 76 percent of the open space to be provided as interior common area (47 percent or 12,285 square feet) and covered outdoor areas (28 percent or 7,305 square feet) in lieu of LAMC Section 12.21 G's maximum 25 percent interior common open space limitation and its requirement that all open spaces be open to the sky ; No parking spaces to be required for dwelling units set aside for households earning less than 50 percent of the Area Medium Income as determined by the Housing and Community Investment Department in lieu of the parking required pursuant to 12.21 A,4 • Pursuant to LAMC Section 16.05, Site Plan Review, for a project which proposes more than 50 residential dwelling units; and Pursuant to LAMC Sections 17.01 and 17.15, approval of Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 74852, to allow the merger and re-subdivision of land for a phased tract map to permit one master ground lot and three air space lots, a haul route, and a modification of the dedication requirements along Crocker Street.

Site 2: Pursuant to Los Angeles City Charter Section 555 and LAMC Section 11.5.6, a General Plan Amendment to the Central City Community Plan to amend the land use designation of Site 2 from Light Manufacturing to Regional Center Commercial; • Pursuant to LAMC Section 12.32 F, a Zone and Height District Change from M2-2D to C2-4D and pursuant to LAMC Section 11.5.11(e) and California Government Code 65915(k) the following two Developer Incentives to permit: 27 percent (9,145 square feet) of the common open space be provided in interior common areas, 30 percent (or 10,040 square feet) of the provided open space to be covered by a structure or trellis and 38 trees, in lieu of LAMC Section 12.21 G that limits the interior common areas to 25 percent of required (or 7,574 square feet), mandates all exterior areas to be open to the sky and requires 96 trees. The Project provides 33,000 square feet of open space, or one percent (2,700 square feet) more than required (30,300 square feet) by the LAMC; no parking spaces shall be required for dwelling units set aside for households that earn less than 50 percent of the Area Medium Income as determined by the Housing and Community Investment Department; Pursuant to LAMC Section 16.05, Site Plan Review for a project which proposes more than 50 residential dwelling units; and Pursuant to LAMC Sections 17.01 and 17.15, approval of Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 74864 to permit the merger and re-subdivision of the land and creation of one ground lot and four airspace lots.

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: Cultural Resources, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Land Use and Planning, Noise, Public Services — Police Services, and Transportation/Traffic. This location is not a site on any of 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 at the City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 621, Los Angeles, CA 90012, during office hours Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. 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 "Environmental Review" tab on the left-hand side, then "Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessments", and click on the Project title).

The SCEA can also be purchased on CD-ROM for $5.00 per copy. Contact May Sirinopwongsagon at (213) 978-1372 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,October 15, 2018, no later than 4:00 p.m.
Please direct your comments to:

             Mail:    May Sirinopwongsagon
                         City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
                         200 North Spring Street, Room 621
                         Los Angeles, CA 90012
         E-mail:    may.sirinopwongsagon@lacity.org
Comment Review Period: September 13, 2018 to October 15, 2018

Montecito II Senior Housing Project
Case Number: ENV-2017-1504-SCEA
Related Case No.(s):CPC-2017-1503-DB-CU-SPR and AA-2017-1505-PMLA
Community Plan Area: Hollywood
Council District: 13 - O'Farrell
Project Location: 6650-6668 Franklin Avenue, 1850 N. Cherokee Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90028

Project Description: The Proposed Project would include 68 new multi-family residential units (67 affordable senior units and one on-site-manager's unit) and ancillary spaces, totaling approximately 53,370 square feet of new building area, approximately 7,000 square feet of recreation/open space areas, and 57 new parking spaces on two subterranean levels, for a total of 104 on-site parking spaces. The Proposed Project would be six stories tall, up to a maximum of 76'- 8" feet in height. The new building would be physically connected by a new common lobby to the existing Montecito Apartments Building, providing the residents access to both facilities and the amenities within. Up to 27 trees may be removed and replaced under the Proposed Project; no trees to be removed are within the public right-of-way.
Permits and Approvals: The applicant is requesting: (1) A Density Bonus (DB) pursuant to CA Government Code Section 65915(f)(3) & LAMC Section 12.22.A.25 to permit a Senior Residential Housing Development Project with 118 existing non-conforming units & 68 new units, dedicating 99% of proposed units restricted to Low & Very Low Income Households in exchange for the following incentives: (a) An On-Menu Incentive for an increase in height to permit a new building with 76-ft., 8-inches in height in lieu of the otherwise permitted 72-ft. height limit pursuant to Ordinance 165,656 & LAMC 12.21.1 B.2 for a site with more than 20 ft. of grade change; (b) An Off-Menu Incentive for a decrease in yards to permit a 4-ft., 6-inch northerly side yard fronting Franklin Blvd. in lieu of the otherwise required 9-ft. front yard for a 6-story building pursuant to LAMC 12.11 C.2; (c) An Off-Menu Incentive for a decrease in yards to permit a 10-ft. rear yard in lieu of the otherwise required 18-ft. rear yard for a 6-story building pursuant to LAMC 12.11 C.3; (2) A Conditional Use Permit to permit pursuant to 12.24 U.26, to permit a housing development project with a density increase greater than the maximum permitted in LAMC 12.22 A.25, for a total of 186 units; (3) Site Plan Review (SPR) pursuant to LAMC 16.05 C, to permit the construction, use, and maintenance of more than 50 new residential units; (4) Preliminary Parcel Map (PMLA) pursuant to LAMC 17.50, a to permit the merger & re-subdivision of 5 ground lots into 1 ground lot & 2 air space lots; (5) Approval of other permits, ministerial or discretionary, in order to execute & implement the Project such as: landscaping approvals, exterior approvals, storm water discharge permits, grading permits, haul route permits, and installation & hookup approvals for public utilities & related permits
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: Cultural Resources, Noise, and Transportation/Circulation. This location is not a site on any of the lists enumerated under Gov. Code Section 65962.5. Pursuant to Section 21155.2 of the PRC, this SCEA Initial Study: 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 avoid or mitigate to a level of insignificance all potentially significant or significant effects of the Project required to be identified in this initial study.
File Review and Comments: The Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (SCEA) and the documents referenced in the SCEA are available for public review at the City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 750, Los Angeles, CA 90012, during office hours Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. 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 “Environmental Review” tab on the left-hand side, then “Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessments”, and click on the Project title).

The SCEA can also be purchased on CD-ROM for $5.00 per copy. Contact Jenna Monterrosa at (213) 978-1377 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, May 7, 2018, no later than 4:00 p.m.
Please direct your comments to:

             Mail:    Jenna Monterrosa
                         City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
                         200 North Spring Street, Room 763
                         Los Angeles, CA 90012
         E-mail:     jenna.monterrosa@lacity.org
Comment Review Period: April 5, 2018 to May 7, 2018