Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (SCEA)

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