Category: San Fernando Mission & Woodley Development

A Tentative Compromise is Reached

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At the February 7th hearing on the San Fernando Mission Blvd/Woodley project, a compromise was reached in principle. Harridge Development has two weeks to submit a new design. Everyone will then have two weeks after that to submit comments, suggestions, and objections to the city planner.

Here is the summary of what Councilmember Englander said about the proposed compromise:

Two main choices:
300 apartments or 330 condos
(the differential is probably to provide incentive to build condos, which cost more and don’t provide a steady stream of revenue).

For either option:

  • Move Woodley driveway south 40 ft, as previously offered, buffered from the school by landscape only, to provide sight lines; right turn only
  • Put in a median on Woodley (must be approved by LADOT). Prevents more dangerous left turns and prevents northbound residents from entering that way, so number of cars are decreased).
  • Do a new geological study including drilling new soil test wells closer to Bull Creek, by independent consultant
  • Do a revised Traffic study by independent consultant
  • Provide a community room
  • Height maximum 45′ as in the Specific Plan (and better if lower in front)
  • Change “very low income” units to “moderate low income”.
  • No studios (this one was softer, maybe allow 20 depending on design)
  • Keep the record open for comments for 2 weeks after submitted.

Harridge picked the option for condos, which was one of the main points heard from neighbors because of “pride of ownership” – if you own a property you tend to take better care of it.

At around February 22 we should have the new design to review, though this might slip by a couple of days.

We are working on setting up a meeting after the new documents are available, and we will notify you.

PUBLIC HEARING on 440 Apartment Project – Tuesday, February 7

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Public Hearing on 440 Apartment Project at San Fernando Mission and Woodley Ave

THIS WILL BE YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO COMMENT

Tuesday, February 7 at 11 AM
Marvin Braude Constituent Center, 1st floor
6262 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91401

https://www.ghnnc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Woodley-planning-hearing-notice.pdf

Video from the Stop 440 Community Meeting

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How would you respond to a threat of your very way of life?
Many residents of Granada Hills are preparing to defend their lifestyle – the suburban setting, the single family homes, the yards, the view of the mountains, all at a relatively affordable price.

Harridge Development is proposing a very dense, very massive mixed-use project at the corner of San Fernando Mission and Woodley Avenue, with 440 apartments over retail space.
This will bring rapid urbanization, with its problems of traffic, parking issues, overcrowding of schools and public services.

The Stop440 Alliance has brought together the community to fight against it — too big, too much, too dense. Reasonable developement there would be accepted, but this feels like bringing downtown to the suburbs — it just doesn’t fit!

This meeting raised funds to pay for land-use experts to help in the fight, and discussed strategies for the one and only public hearing scheduled by the City, February 7th at 10;45 AM, at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, 91401.

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Notes on January 13 Meeting with Councilmember Englander

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Present at the meeting were Councilmember Englander, Deputy for Land Use Hannah Lee, and other members of CD12 staff; representatives of the developer – Marc Annotti,COO; an attorney; and Erika Iversen of Rosenheim & Associates, a land-use consulting firm.

Also present were representatives of the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council (GHNNC); of the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council (GHSNC); the Old Granada Hills Residents’ Group (OGHRG); and of the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce.

The purpose of the meeting was apparently for Mr Englander to try to bring representatives of the developer and the community closer together in their views of the project.

The councilmember said the developer claims that the project meets the “by right” criteria for the location and the zoning. (see ghnnc.org, “Developer’s Rationale Attachment A). No changes to the Specific Plan (copy available on ghnnc.org) or the Community Plan are requested. No zoning change is required.  Read more »

STOP 440 – What’s Next?

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Next community meeting: Tuesday, January 24th, 6:30 PM

Granada Hills Women’s Club
10666 White Oak Avenue
Granada Hills, CA 91344

The proposal for a mixed-use development at San Fernando Mission and Woodly has sparked a strong neighborhood reaction.

On Friday January 13, Councilmember Englander met with the developer and some neighborhood representatives (the two neighborhood councils and the Chamber). This effort to decrease the size of the proposed development and to bring the two sides closer together, succeeded only partially.

The developer offered to decrease by a net of 50 apartments, and also changing the mix so that the decrease came from the number of studio apartments. The driveway near the school would also be moved and be separated by a landscape berm, affording greater visibility to cars entering and leaving. The moving of the driveway would also result in the loss of about 2,000 sq ft of commercial space.

The neighborhood representatives did not find this to be sufficient change, so another meeting is to be set. The expectation is that the developer will consider what he heard and come up with perhaps another proposal.

There is a request to move the February 7th hearing date to early April, but the developer must agree. We hope to find out this week what the final date will be.

The topics to be considered at the hearing have broadened to a discussion of the whole project, not just the possible merging of the underlying parcels.

Since this will be the ONLY public hearing (except perhaps for appeals), and since there is an expectation that each speaker will have a very limited time (1 to 2 minutes depending on the number of speakers), it is essential to coordinate efforts so that all topics are covered. That is the main purpose of the meeting January 24th – to coordinate who will speak on what topic.

For participation at some of the neighbor outreach efforts, and to participate in these programs, please contact Esther Chung at [email protected].

For more information, see related articles on this website:

Granada Hills Residents Protest Proposed 440 Mixed-Use Apartments Amid Safety Safety Concerns

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Granada Hills residents protested a proposed residential development Friday over concerns that it is out of place and too big for the infrastructure of the neighborhood.

“It’s going to cause all kinds of traffic problems and issues with Granada Hills, or with JFK High School,” David Beuvais said.

The development would be on the corner of Woodley Avenue and San Fernando Mission Boulevard. Beauvais, who is with the South Neighborhood Council, said the main concern is the safety of the students who walk to high school adjacent from the site.

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“We’ve had a number of accidents involving students here, including a death a few years ago,” he said.

The mixed-use apartment complex would consist of three- and four-story high buildings with 440 apartments, including commercial retail space and parking for more than 900 vehicles.

Councilman Mitchell Englander held a meeting with developers and some community leaders in his office Friday. But outside a large group of protesters voiced their concerns.

Before the meeting, Englander had stepped outside to assure residents that he is on their side and would try to reach a middle ground with the developers, even though he said his hands are tied.

“I actually don’t have a vote on this project. It will never come before me,” he said. “In fact, for the most project part this project is by right, which means they’re allowed to build what they’re designing, what the community wanted originally because it was designed by the community, called the community plan.”

Eyewitness News reached out to the developers, who said the project is 100 percent compliant with the community plan for the neighborhood. The developers also said they recognized the need to work closely with the neighborhood and city.

They provided the following statement:

“We are spending the time necessary to work with both the community and the City Councilmember to hopefully reach consensus on a project, which will be embraced as a true asset to the neighborhood,” it said.

If the city approved the plans, construction could begin sometime this year.

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We will picket/protest 440 apartments on Jan 13, 2:00, Councilmember Englander’s office

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Spread the word! Media will be there! Take a half day off work and join us. Against unbearable traffic, crime, urbanization of Granada Hills. Safety for our kids. Parents, neighbors, bring anyone, everyone. Fight this with political pressure. We have only two chances to make a difference. Next Friday and the final hearing (TBA). This is not the time to be complacent.

SF Mission/Woodley Apartment Complex Tuesday Meeting Location Has Changed

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Regarding the proposed 440 apartment development at San Fernando Mission and Woodley

Attend the community meeting to coordinate our actions

Tuesday December 27th at 7 PM

LOCATION HAS CHANGED:
Granada Hills Women’s Club
10666 White Oak Avenue 
Granada Hills 91344

For more information:
[email protected]
818-804-0095

Renderings Revealed for Mixed-Use Development in Granada Hills

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An environmental report published by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning offers a first look at the Woodley & San Fernando Mission Project, a proposed mixed-use development in Granada Hills.

Harridge Development Group, a Los Angeles-based real estate firm, intends to raze a shopping center at 16201 W. San Fernando Mission Boulevard to replace it with a residential-retail complex.  According to an August case filing from the Department of City Planning, the project would consist of three- and four-story structures featuring 418 market rate apartments, 22 units of very low income housing and approximately 65,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space.

The Spanish Colonial style buildings are being designed by VTBS Architects, and would employ a color palette of white cream, tan and grey.  Amenities are planned throughout the site, including a pool courtyard, roof terraces, a community room and parking for 937 vehicles. Read more »

San Fernando Mission/Woodley Development Project Update

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We were notified recently that the Planning Department will be postponing the Advisory Agency hearing set for this Tuesday, December 6.

In addition to the requests by the NCs and the Council Office, the applicant also stepped up and agreed to the hearing postponement, in recognition of the community’s interest in the matter.

New notices will be sent for a new hearing, likely to be set for January.

unnamed-20The project proposes the demolition of an existing shopping center and associated parking lots, and the construction, use, and maintenance of a new 500,000 square-foot mixed-use development consisting of 440 residential dwelling units and 64,650 square feet of commercial space, having a total of 937 onsite parking spaces within one basement and one subterranean level of 194 parking on a 7.95 acre site. The project will be a maximum of 54 feet in height. The project is concurrently requesting a Vesting Tentative Tract Map for the merger and resubdivision of the project site for condominium purposes.

Stakeholders in Granada HIlls may also be affected in terms of traffic impact, increased density, and parking.

Supplements could be found on: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bz7Sk2OybUmGaVFZNGxoNUJqMTQ?usp =sharing


 

San Fernando Mission / Woodley Project Overview

Click here for the 704-page document.

  • APPENDIX A: ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FORM (EAF)
  • APPENDIX B: AIR QUALITY REPORT
  • APPENDIX C: TREE SURVEY AND LETTER
  • APPENDIX D: APPROVAL LETTER (OF THE GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION) FROM THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND SAFETY GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION
  • APPENDIX E: GREENHOUSE GASES REPORT
  • APPENDIX F: ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENT – PHASE 1 REPORT
  • APPENDIX G: NOISE REPORT
  • APPENDIX H: LADOT RESPONSE MEMO TO THE TRAFFIC EVALUATION TECHNICAL TRAFFIC EVALUATION

 

Public Meeting Tonight to Discuss Large Development Project in Granada Hills

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:30PM

Granada Hills High School Room A7
10535 Zelzah Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344

The Department of City Planning and the Granada Hills Specific Plan Design Review Board invite you to attend a meeting regarding the proposed projects identified below. The law requires that property owners and residents living next to the project site be notified of this hearing. If you do not wish to attend the hearing, you may ignore this notice. The hearing involves the projects described below:

Case Nos. DIR-2016-3076-DRB-SPP-DB-SPR
Address: 16201-16301 San Fernando Mission Blvd. and 11147-11155 Woodley Ave.
Applicant: Marc Annotti, Harridge Development Group
Representative: Erika Iverson, Rosenheim & Associates, Inc.

Project Description: The project proposes the demolition of an existing shopping center and associated parking lots, and the construction, use, and maintenance of a new 500,000 square-foot mixed-use development consisting of 440 residential dwelling units and 64,650 square feet of commercial space, having a total of 937 on-site parking spaces within one basement and one subterranean level of parking on a 7.95 acre site. The project will be a maximum of 54 feet in height. The project is concurrently requesting a Vesting Tentative Tract Map for the merger and re-subdivision of the project site for condominium purposes.  Read more »

Granada Hills Specific Plan Design Review Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

6:30pm

Granada Hills Charter High School, Room A7
10535 Zelzah Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344

AGENDA

Regarding the construction proposal at San Fernando Mission Blvd. and Woodley Ave.

The project proposes the demolition of an existing shopping center and associated parking lots, and the construction, use, and maintenance
of a new 500,000 square-foot mixed-use development consisting of 440 residential dwelling units and 64,650 square feet of commercial space, having a total of 937 on-site parking spaces within one basement and one subterranean level of parking on a 7.95 acre site. The project will be a maximum of 54 feet in height. The project is concurrently requesting a Vesting Tentative Tract Map for the merger and re-subdivision of the project site for condominium purposes.

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