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Residents Blast City for Approving Apartment Building Design -Legado

Residents Blast City for Approving Apartment Building Design -Legado

Residents Blast City for Approving Apartment Building Design -Legado

The community was expecting a Mediterranean-style complex and is
now faced with an art deco building that they never approved.
By LAUREN ROSENBLUM(Patch Staff)
 March 1, 2011
Residents Blast City for Approving Apartment Building Design

Some Encino residents and local officials are seeing red over a new
apartment complex on Ventura Boulevard. In fact, they’re seeing red, blue,
yellow and gray—the colors on the box-shaped building they complain the
community never approved and the city quietly OK’d without their
knowledge.

The 125-unit apartment complex at 16704-16720 Ventura Blvd. was
originally proposed as a Tuscan-style villa, but when building began to take
shape in 2010, residents were appalled to see a multihued, art deco building
they consider an eyesore. Now they’re asking how the current design was
approved.

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When the original project proposal came before the community in 2002,
developers from Gold Mountain Enterprises said it was going to be a
Mediterranean-style apartment complex with low-pitched roofs, balconies,
setbacks, trees and landscaping.
Even then, the community opposed the over-scale, mixed-use complex,
which put 125 apartment units on top of 17,000 square feet of retail and
108,000 square feet of underground parking. The city Planning Commission
approved the project in 2002 despite objections from Encino homeowners
associations, the Chamber of Commerce and nearby residents.
After the city approved the design, Gold Mountain Enterprises went
bankrupt and the project changed hands. The project was delayed for
several years until the new developer, The Legado Companies and Fassberg
Contracting Corp., submitted its final building plans for city approval in
2007. The final blueprints for Legado Encino, however, had a completely
redesigned façade.
Unknown to the Encino community, the city approved the new art deco
design without a public hearing, notice or consultation with surrounding
property owners.
“Right now, the people of Encino have every right to assert, ‘City of L.A.,
you’ve got some [explaining] to do,'” 5th District Councilman Paul Koretz
said in his Feb. 2 district newsletter. “Many people … are very unhappy with
the look of the façade and its garish mix of red, blue, pink, yellow and white.”
“It looks like a bad preschool building,” Encino resident Barbara Ruggiero
told Patch in an e-mail last week. “Has the town figured out how they will
handle the 125 plus cars as they hit the light at Petit [Avenue] every
morning? I live on Petit and can’t wait to see that.”
Residents Blast City for Approving Apartment Building Design

Koretz said the approval process was unacceptable and is trying to figure
out what happened with this development over time. He introduced a City
Council motion on Feb. 2 that, if approved, will give the Planning
Department, Building and Safety and the city attorney 30 days to thoroughly
review the project and its procedural aspects. They will then report back to
the council to describe what happened and offer any recommendations to
improve the current design such as repainting or landscaping.
“Pardon the pun, but the city has painted themselves into a corner,” Koretz’s
field deputy, Shawn Bayliss, said at the January Encino Neighborhood
Council Meeting. “It doesn’t look like we have too many options, but we’re
going to see what we can do.”

 

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