The project, slated to replace a pair of 1950s apartment buildings at Yucca Street and Argyle Avenue, was previously envisioned as a 21-story tower which would have featured 210 residential units in addition to a 136-key hotel. The revised plan, as detailed in a new environmental study, discards the proposed hotel in favor of a larger 269-unit residential building with approximately 7,700 square feet of street-fronting commercial space and parking for 414 vehicles.
Additionally, the revised project would abandon plans for a second, smaller apartment building fronting Vista Del Mar Avenue. Instead, plans now call for preserving two existing single-family homes and converting a small parking lot into publicly-accessible green space.
The redesign by Togawa Smith Martin would be taller and slimmer than the prior iteration of the project, rising to a maximum height of 348 feet above street level. Architectural plans show landscaped amenity decks located above the tower's roof level, as well as above its parking podium.
The project, which would replace 43 existing apartments, has faced pushback from tenant rights activists, who have fought to prevent the displacement of the property's current residents. In response, Champion Real Estate Company announced in 2017 that it would subject the project to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO), while also offering existing tenants the right-of-return at the same rent. The expanded residential tower would result in a total of 252 apartments subject to RSO, with the remaining 17 apartments set aside as deed-restricted affordable housing at the very low-income level.
Pending approvals of project entitlements - including a zone change for the property - construction is scheduled to occur over approximately two years. A precise groundbreaking date is not stated in the project's environmental impact report.
The 6220 Yucca tower follows several recent high-rise buildings near the Hollywood/Vine Metro station, including the Kimpton Everly hotel and the Argyle House apartments. The proposed Hollywood Center development could also lead to the construction of several large towers on parking lots flanking the Capitol Records Building, although the California Geological Survey has continued to raise concerns about the possibility of earthquake fault lines running beneath the properties.
- 6220 W Yucca Street (Urbanize LA)