LA City's Planning Department approved the project even after the Highland Park-Garvanza HPOZ board members, who are experts on HPOZ guidelines, found the project was inappropriate for the HPOZ and unanimously denied a Certificate of Compatibility for this project.
The Coalition has filed a Transit Oriented Communities appeal. This GoFundMe will help pay for legal fees and costs associated with the appeal including the Coalition’s attorney's legal expenses.
The Coalition believes, and the HPOZ Board confirmed, that the project is not compatible with the Preservation Plan for the Highland Park-Garvanza Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). Evidence has also been submitted showing that the project’s Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) designation was granted in error. This means that the project does not appear to be eligible for TOC associated variances, density bonuses, and other “benefits” bestowed. The city is giving a bonus to the developer for providing 3 extremely low income units. The affordability of all units in the building is a major concern for our community.
This project was filed as a co-living project. The Planning Department reviewed this project as a 33-unit apartment building when in reality the 149 bedrooms are presumed to be rented as individual co-living units, which will be leased out per the bedroom similar to a college dormitory suite, instead of as full apartments. Most of the units have 4 and 5 bedrooms plus 4 bathrooms, each meant to be rented out individually. The developer has claimed that families could live in these units but in reality, the interior layout for each unit is designed for individuals without typical living and dining rooms.
Further, our community distrusts the developer, Gelena Skya-Wasserman, whose eviction of 57 families from the Marmion Royale apartment building on Marmion Way across from the Highland Park Gold Line station was publicly documented by the LA Times and other news outlets.
This property sits at the Gateway to Garvanza. Its design needs to follow regulations for the area.
We hope you can help the Coalition with our fundraiser. No donation is too small.
Your support will help create accountability so that something more appropriate can be built at this gateway site to the Historic Garvanza neighborhood.
We appreciate your help and are grateful for your support.