Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (SCEA)

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