Rendering: HBA Architecture + Planning

Proximity to campus is everything when you’re a college student with an 8am biology class and a tendency to oversleep. You can roll out of bed, grab a coffee from the student lounge, and stumble groggily into your lecture just in time.

A proposed eight-story apartment building on Santa Monica Boulevard in East Hollywood could make it easier than ever for Los Angeles City College students to live close to campus and the Metro Red Line. 

In its application to Los Angeles City Planning, 4750 Santa Monica Boulevard imagines 85 apartments, 1,137 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and indoor and outdoor resident amenities. There would be 22 studios, 56 one-bedroom units, two two-bedroom units and five four-bedroom units. A total of ten units would be reserved for extremely low-income households. 

The residence would offer one partial at-grade and two subterranean parking levels with 72 vehicle and 52 bicycle parking spaces. A host of lifestyle amenities would be provided, including a ground-floor lobby, leasing office, bicycle room and gym. The second floor would feature an indoor lounge that opens onto a central courtyard with lush landscaping, a round fire pit and comfortable seating.

The seventh-floor rooftop terrace would run the width of the building, touting a spa surrounded by chaise lounges, a barbecue and dining tables with umbrellas, cozy cocoon daybeds, a fire pit with sofa seating, and a green roof to offset the heat island effect.

The proposed project would replace two commercial buildings and a single-family home. The applicant, Canfield Development, is a Los Angeles-based company that has developed several other residential projects including The Rhys in Koreatown, Seven West in Westlake and The Faircrest Collection in Faircrest Heights.

HBA Architecture + Planning is behind the design of 4750 Santa Monica Boulevard, which would feature metal cladding and plaster on the exterior with a color palette of white and various shades of gray. The rooflines would be staggered to create interest and aluminum wire mesh balcony guardrails would add industrial flair.

Situated at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue, the proposed project would be just 350 feet from the Vermont/Santa Monica Metro Red Line station. For this reason, the developer is seeking Tier 4 Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) incentives such as increased density, reduced open space and additional height.

Other nearby attractions in this up-and-coming area include Los Angeles City College, which is only a three-minute walk away, Virgil Village, the Silver Lake Reservoir and Barnsdall Art Park.

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