Rendering: Plus Architects

The West Hollywood Planning Commission’s Design Review Subcommittee gave praise to a proposed mixed-use development that would include the restoration of a Methodist Episcopal church built in 1924. 

Located at 1282-96 Fairfax Avenue and 7866 Fountain Avenue, the double lot would be improved with a new 25-unit apartment building featuring outdoor amenities and underground parking. Creative offices would be housed in the restored church and a landscaped courtyard would connect the two buildings.

Rendering: Plus Architects

An existing two-story wood structure would be demolished to make way for the five-story apartment complex, which was designed by Plus Architects. The unit breakdown would include 16 studios and nine one-bedroom apartments, including four affordable units set aside for very low and moderate income households. A two-story underground garage would house 13 residential parking spaces and 27 commercial parking spaces reserved for office workers.

Rendering: Plus Architects

Rendering: Plus Architects

A ridesharing waiting area with bench seating would be situated along the less-congested Fountain Avenue, while the residential lobby would be at the rear of the building, off the courtyard. Featuring a green wall, stone pavers, built-in benches and tables, the linear courtyard would be accessible to apartment dwellers and office workers alike.

Rendering: Plus Architects

An additional outdoor amenity space for residents would be found on the fourth floor. This west-facing outdoor terrace would boast a synthetic grass lawn, lounge chairs, a fire pit, barbecue counter and dining tables. Each unit would incorporate a private outdoor deck of around 100 square feet.

The architects have proposed stucco, standing seam metal, imprinted cast concrete and Brazilian redwood for the façade, however, the Design Review Subcommittee noted that it would prefer to see “natural, healthy material finishes.”

Rendering: Plus Architects

A steel exterior staircase with perforated metal railings would complement those that enclose each unit’s outdoor space. Vertical “green screens” would help to enliven the exterior, along with green walls at ground level and LED strip lighting accents.

Meanwhile, the former church would get an interior and exterior makeover, sporting a fresh coat of white paint, dark-trimmed stained glass windows, and lush landscaping around the perimeter. Inside, there would be two stories of creative office space with a communal kitchen on each floor.

Rendering: Plus Architects

Developer South Park Group is behind the proposed project, which would be just a block away from a bustling stretch of Sunset Boulevard. Future residents and office workers would be able to walk to hotspots like The Laugh Factory, Chateau Marmont and The DGA Theater Complex. Nearby grocery stores include Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market and Bristol Farms, and Runyon Canyon Park is just a mile and a half away.

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