Condos pivotal to area upgrade

first_imgThe spots are so far away from the homes and might cause a feud within the homeowners association, Stone said. “I like lots of it and it has a lot of great things in it, but \ is a failure, he said. “We want this to be something that will revitalize the area, Instead we will have a nuisance in the area.” Steve Hunter, vice president for Land Design Consultants, representing the owner, said it’s possible that six spaces may be brought inside if the Los Angeles County Fire Department agrees. Jeff Collier, director of community development, said the the city can’t designate who will get those spaces because its code doesn’t get down to that level of specificity. Even with the commission’s approval, the developer still needs approval from the city zoning administrator, Don Dooley, for a variance for a rear-yard setback of 38 feet instead of 40 feet. That will allow for additional space on the Whittier Boulevard, Collier said. In addition, the city and the developer must reach agreement on how much in park fees for green space must be paid to the city before a final tract map can be approved. Collier said the current city code would require between $2 million and $2.5 million for park space. Developer Hagop Sargisian has said a more reasonable figure would be $300,000. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A 96-unit condominium project approved late Monday by the Planning Commission is expected to jump-start plans to transform Whittier Boulevard on the east side of town from commercial to residential. The condos will be built by the Beverly Hills-based HDS Group at 16050 and 16110 Whittier Blvd., where Whittier Dodge and Isuzu dealerships were located. The nearly 5-acre site is now vacant. “This is a good benchmark for Whittier Boulevard,” said Commissioner Fernando Dutra. “I’m looking forward to seeing it built.” This will be the second residential project approved by the city for that area, but it is much larger than the first. The Planning Commission last year approved a 10-unit condominium project further east. The Whittier Boulevard Specific Plan – approved in June 2005 – calls for the area east of Santa Gertrudes Avenue to be transformed from commercial to residential. Charles Claver, long-time member of the Whittier Conservancy, praised the project. “How exciting to have the first one,” Claver said. “To finally see this coming to fruition is exciting. This is the catalyst project. We know other developers are looking at projects in this area.” Still, there were questions and a divided vote by the Planning Commission. Commissioner Harry Stone, who was the lone no vote, said he didn’t like allowing 25 parking spaces for the condominium outside its borders in the alley to the south. last_img read more