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A new environmental report offers a first glimpse of a proposed mixed-use development in West Los Angeles.

Markwood Enterprises, a Beverly Hills-based real estate firm, has proposed the construction of a new residential-retail complex at the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Barrington Avenue.  Plans filed with the city describe a five-story building that would feature 53 apartments, five of which would be set aside for very low income households.  The project would also offer six live-work units and 1,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. 

Other elements of the proposed development include a rooftop deck, a fifth-floor terrace and a ground-level amenity room.  Parking accommodations for 80 vehicles and 55 bicycles would be provided in an automated subterranean garage.

Elevation plans created by architecture firm R&A Design portray a contemporary building, clad with metal, cement fiber boards and smooth finish plaster.

Construction of the mixed-use complex would occur over approximately 13 months, with occupancy expected by 2018.  A one-story commercial building would be demolished for the project.

A similar development is slated for a large property directly across Santa Monica Boulevard which was formerly home to a Vons supermarket.  Further west, two former automobile dealerships are making way for apartments with ground-floor retail space.

Image courtesy of R&A Architecture + Design
Ground-floor site plan (Image: LADCP)
Roof landscape plan (Image: LADCP)

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Panorama City Development Swaps Retail Space for More Housing

Proposed develompent would replace a shuttered Montgomery Ward.
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A proposed $150-million development at the site of a shuttered Montgomery Ward in Panorama City may be trading retail space for more housing, according to an agenda item at next week's meeting of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.

The ICON at Panorama, when first announced by its developer the Icon Co., called for replacing the former department store at Roscoe Boulevard and Tobias Avenue with 422 apartments and approximately 200,000 sq