Image: Green City Building Company

A three-story development with 33 apartments and 1,960 square feet of commercial space has been proposed near the corner of York Boulevard and North Avenue 64 in Los Angeles’ Highland Park neighborhood. The site at 141 North Avenue 64 is currently occupied by a surface parking lot and a billboard. 

Los Angeles-based real estate developer Gelena Skya-Wasserman, founder and CEO of Skya Ventures, is listed as the applicant. The company specializes in design-forward, multi-family developments, particularly in infill areas of the city. Architecture firm Green City Building Company designed the U-shaped structure.

The proposed project’s 33 units would be much larger than typical rentals, consisting of five five-bedroom, five-bathroom units; 23 five-bedroom, four-bathroom units; and two four-bedroom, three-bathroom units. Three studio apartments would be reserved for extremely low-income tenants, fulfilling affordable housing requirements.

Image: Green City Building Company

The building would feature additional resident amenities, including a lobby, lounge, gym, movie room, co-working space and roof deck. There would be two levels of underground parking, totaling 83 vehicle spaces, a bicycle storage room, and a ground-floor commercial space hugging the southeast corner.

Because the planned residence falls within the Highland Park-Garvanza Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, it must meet specific design criteria. The application to Los Angeles City Planning proposes a modern take on Spanish Colonial Revival style with a smooth-finish, white stucco exterior, stained cedar wood accents, perforated metal screens, bronze-trimmed windows, and black powder-coated aluminum railings.

The landscaping would feature plants native to California and the Mediterranean, concrete plinths for casual seating, raised concrete planters, a gravel garden, and an open space corridor that intersects the building.

If approved, the proposed mixed-use development would be within walking distance of the hip bars, restaurants and boutiques that line York Boulevard.

Update, July, 16, 2020: A previous version of this article suggested that the proposed project may be intended for co-living purposes. This was incorrect as the project is still being finalized. Livabl has contacted Skya Ventures for clarity on the matter.

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