Rendering: West Pacifica Design

Faircrest Heights, a picturesque residential neighborhood where the majority of the housing stock dates from the late 1920s to early 1940s, could finally see some new construction development. 

A proposal submitted last week to Los Angeles City Planning calls for a row of retailers at 6116-6144 West Pico Boulevard to be replaced with 125 apartments and 4,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. The planned complex consists of two structures linked by elevated open space. 

Applicant Nahum Samar, representing Pico Treasures LLC, proposes a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus-den apartments. Floorplans range from approximately 672 to 1,122 square feet and each unit features a 50-square-foot balcony. Thirteen units would be set aside for very low income households in exchange for Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) incentives.

Architectural drawings depict four individual retail or restaurant spaces fronting onto Pico Boulevard, along with two residential lobbies and a driveway leading to the 76-space underground parking garage. A total of 92 long-term and 14 short-term bicycle parking spaces are also pitched for the property.

Rendering: West Pacifica Design

The west lobby sits adjacent to a 662-square-foot gym, but most amenities are found on the second floor. Here, each structure would contain an indoor rec room and an open-air terrace with shared access to an expansive, central outdoor space. Landscape plans suggest that these outdoor areas would include dining tables, lounge seating and ample greenery.

West Pacifica Design envisioned the contemporary-style apartment complex, which showcases a white and gray façade with orange framing. Dark-trimmed windows are paired with glass balcony guardrails, while large storefront windows occupy the ground floor. “An effort has been made towards façade articulation, which provided a break in the look of the elevation and [avoided] a boxy and less attractive look,” explains a findings document.

If approved, future residents of 6116-6144 West Pico Boulevard would live within walking distance of the vibrant Pico-Robertson corridor, known for its pedestrian-friendly streets, delicious restaurants, Kosher markets and must-try bakeries. The area is served by a number of bus routes and the onramp to the 10 Freeway is less than two miles away.

In the neighborhood, condo sales are underway at the recently-completed Holt Villas, while construction continues at the Hi Point & Pickford Street townhome development.

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