Rendering: Van Tilburg, Banvard, Soderbergh Inc.

When it comes to shopping malls in the San Fernando Valley, Westfield Topanga & The Village can’t be beaten. Featuring luxury and budget brands alike, the expansive indoor/outdoor complex has a new dining and entertainment district in the works and is often frequented by the Kardashians.

A proposed rental development near Hart Street and Canoga Avenue could place future residents within less than a mile of the popular shopping mall. Described as the Canoga Apartments, the five-story building calls for 220 units, including 22 affordable units reserved for extremely low income households. Calabasas-based Alliant Strategic Development is listed as the applicant.

The site is currently occupied by approximately 22,140 square feet of one- and two-story commercial buildings, a strip mall-type development that houses a variety of small businesses. These structures would be demolished to make way for the new building, providing four levels of apartments over one level of parking and amenities.

A total of 110 vehicle parking spaces are planned, plus 131 long-term and 14 short-term bicycle spaces. The development site is located across the street from the Canoga Avenue Bikeway Trail, which follows the Metro Orange Line from Chatsworth to North Hollywood. In addition to parking, the ground floor would boast a residential lobby with a leasing office and indoor amenity space.

Rendering: Van Tilburg, Banvard, Soderbergh Inc.

The development features one-bedroom, one-bathroom units exclusively, ranging from approximately 500 to 685 square feet. All floorplans would include either a traditional or Juliet balcony and in-suite laundry facilities. Linear and L-shaped kitchens are proposed alongside generously-sized bedrooms with reach-in closets. 

The building is designed around an open-air courtyard featuring a swimming pool, lounge chairs and a sun deck, as well as a synthetic lawn with a fire pit, built-in seating, lawn games, dining tables, and a grilling station with two barbecues.

Van Tilburg, Banvard, Soderbergh Inc. envisioned the building’s contemporary design. The material palette consists of wood, brick and cement siding in shades of white, gray, blue and brown. The amenity spaces are visually separated from the apartments above, further breaking up the massing.

“The ground floor is designed with mostly glass oriented towards the public street and pedestrians passing by to enhance street level activity and consistent urban street-wall,” explains a findings document.

Beyond Westfield Topanga & The Village, the surrounding neighborhood offers grocery stores, big-box retailers, fast-casual restaurants and schools for all ages. Future residents would be able to walk to the Orange Line’s Canoga Station, Metro’s rapid bus service in the San Fernando Valley.

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