Friday, January 17, 2014

Four Stories of Generic Apartments for West LA

1836 Colby Avenue

Feast your eyes on grainy, black and white renderings of 1836 Colby, the latest residential project to draw the ire of development averse Westside residents.  The four-story, 49-unit building would rise at the intersection of Colby and Missouri Avenues, with architecture from Glendale-based Uriu & Associates.  As is the norm with any new development in West Los Angeles, the neighbors are not happy.  A group of homeowners in adjacent 1830 Colby are up in arms over the project, citing a variety of factors including the building's height, the deleterious effects of living next to a construction site, and the potential loss of "a row of 8 beautiful, mature Eucalyptus trees between property lines."  Oy vey.  Residents have since taken their grievances to the City Planning Commission, asking them to send 1836 Colby back to the drawing board.  However, LADCP staff have recommended that the homeowners' appeal be denied.  If and when that happens, 1836 Colby will be one of two similar sized projects on this stretch Missouri Avenue.  Four blocks to the east, a Little Osaka parcel is slated to make way for 52 apartments above ground floor restaurant space.

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