Thursday, September 19, 2013

27 Apartments Coming to Palms

3627 Hughes Avenue

A residential development will take the place of three single family homes in the densely populated Palms neighborhood of West Los Angeles.  Details read as follows:
3627-3637 Hughes Avenue
The project is the construction of a 27-unit apartment building on the southeast corner of Hughes Ave. near Tabor St....The applicant is requesting 2 on-menu incentives.  They are: A) height increase from 45-ft. to 56-ft., and a 32.5% increase in the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) from 3:1 permitted by the R3-1 zone to 3.1:1.
As Palms is already a sea of low-rise apartment buildings, 3627 Hughes is a run-of-the-mill development for the neighborhood.  What's more interesting to me is the major infrastructure project occurring just two blocks north.  Sometime in 2015 or 2016, the Expo Line's Palms Station is expected to open above the intersection of Palms Blvd and National Blvd.  When the station is complete, residents of 3627 Hughes will have easy transit access to Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica.

Rendering of Palms Station from BuildExpo

Other developers are also looking to take advantage of Palms' upcoming Metro Rail station.  Curbed LA reports that locally based Frost/Chaddock is building a 115 unit mixed-use development on nearby Motor Avenue.

3425 Motor Avenue, image from Killefer Flammang Architects via the Los Angeles Times

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