Last week, Carmel Partners filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to redevelop six single-family units next to the Expo/Bundy subway station with a mixed-use apartment complex. Now, the San Francisco-based developer says it’s changing its plans for two more projects on the side.
In late 2021, Carmel filed an application with the Planning Department to redevelop 16 homes on the blocks at 2217 and 2301 S. Bundy Drive with a pair of eight-story buildings containing a combined sum of nearly 455 apartments. At the time, the developer was working with Carrier Johnson + Culture on the design of the project.
Carmel is now working with TCA Architects, the same firm leading the design of her neighboring project at 2201 Bundy, on the design of the buildings. The revised project is similar in scale and form, with no retail on the ground floor, but living spaces and living/working units lining the street frontages along Bundy Drive to the east , Amherst Avenue to the west and Tennessee Avenue between the two sites.
A site plan also shows the adjustments to the number of accommodations and parking proposed for each site. The smaller building at 2301 Bundy retains the same 195 apartments offered in the original plan, but reduces the number of on-site parking spaces from 190 spaces to 177 spaces. At the time the project was copyrighted, the use of Incentives for Transit-Oriented Communities requested that 22 of the proposed one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments be reserved for rental as affordable housing at the extremely low income level.
The changes are most visible at the north site of 2217 Bundy, where Carmel acquired a final single-family home that was not included in the original filing. With a slightly larger footprint, plans now call for 290 apartments and parking for 283 vehicles instead of the originally planned 265 apartments. As with the neighboring site, 2217 Bundy Parcel relies on incentives from transit-oriented communities to achieve a higher density and height than permitted by zoning, requiring an 11% reserve of affordable housing on-site. extremely low income level.
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Combined with the recently filed project at 2201 Bundy, Carmel is now in the entitlement phase for over 600 apartments in close proximity to Expo/Bundy station. The San Francisco-based company is one of the first entities to take advantage of new zoning rules enacted under the Exhibition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Planwhich makes it possible to redevelop the district of single-family homes south of the station into apartments.
Other projects underway near the station include the West Edge, a larger mixed-use project currently under construction on the former Martin Cadillac site which will include 600 apartments, a Gelson supermarket, and a 200,000 square foot office building leased by Riot Games.
Carmel is one of the developers responsible for transforming the neighborhoods around several stops on the E line. In 2020, the company completed the work of Linea, a 595-unit apartment complex with retail next to Expo/Sepulveda Station. The developer is also in full construction on the Cumulus districta sprawling complex next to La Cienega/Jefferson Station that will eventually have over 1,200 apartments.