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This week, the Mid City West Community Council's Planning and Land Use Committee is scheduled to review developer Jacob Stark's proposed residential-retail complex in Beverly Grove.

The project, slated for the current site of a car wash at 411-431 N. La Cienega Boulevard, calls for the construction of a six-story building featuring 96 studio, one- and two-bedrom apartments above nearly 14,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.  Plans call for 9 units of very low income housing, as well as amenities such as a club room, a gym and a rooftop pool deck.

Santa Monica-based architecture firm KFA is designing the podium-type building, which is portrayed as a contemporary mid-rise structure clad with smooth finish plaster and wrapped with exterior landscaping.

The property is located a quarter-mile north of the Beverly Center, which is now in the midst of a $500-million renovation.

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The people-friendly makeover imagined for Western Avenue through Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative could be getting a little bit grander in scope.

The project, dubbed "Welcome to Western," is intended to bring commercial facade improvements, new street trees, and public art installations to Western Avenue between 3rd Street in the south and Melrose Avenue in the north.  LA Más, the non