Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – 3:45 PM
By Victoria Talbot
The Beverly Hills Planning Commission will consider public comments at the Planning Commission Thursday at 1:30 p.m. on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared for the proposed overlay zone at 100 N. Crescent Drive during the comment period, which extends from Nov. 13, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018. The normally 45-day period was extended, taking into consideration the holidays, so that comments can be accepted after the holiday period has ended.
The applicant is asking the City to allow two additional stories (five total stories), which the Draft EIR shade and shadow analysis identifies as having “a significant impact,” meaning that homes to the northeast of the project site on Rexford Drive will be impacted for more than three hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the winter months.
The meeting provides an opportunity for community members to discuss their thoughts on the Draft EIR and whether it affectively addresses the project impacts, as per the Draft EIR.
“This Thursday’s meeting is simply one venue during the 54-day comment period in which people can provide comments,” said Assistant Director of Community Development Ryan Gohlich. “There will be no decisions made at this meeting as to whether the project should be approved or denied.”
Approval or denial will not be considered until later in 2018, said Gohlich. All public comments will be considered in the Final EIR.
The applicant is seeking an overlay zone, General Plan Amendment, Zone Text Amendment and Planned Development for a commercial office building. The proposed project would add an additional two stories to the existing building to become 72 feet, five stories. The allowed height is 45 feet, three stories. The current FAR is 1.81; the proposed FAR is 2.75; allowable FAR is 2.0. Currently, the building has 377 total spaces, with 317 standard for parking. The applicant proposes to have 465 total parking spaces, with 268 standard spaces. The proposal is to allow 45 compact, 8 compact tandem, 9 mechanical lift stack, 76 drive aisle, and 47 tandem parking spaces – with a 24-hour valet service available.
The existing building was designed by architect Gin Dan Wong but it is not eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or the California Register of Historical Resources “due to its relatively recent construction.” The building also does not meet the criteria for a local landmark designation, according to the Historic Resources report.
The Draft EIR has assessed the property in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and prepared this initial study of the impacts. In the Draft EIR, the environmental analysis notes that the shade and shadow analysis shows, “that seven single-family residential properties to the northeast of the project site which front on North Rexford Drive would experience shade as a result of the proposed project for a period that exceeds the winter threshold… there would be a significant and unavoidable shade and shadow impact.”
Those who wish to comment can do so either in person, at the meeting Thursday, Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m. or they can submit comments in an email to email@example.com; or by snail mail to Alek Miller, Associate Planner, City of Beverly Hills Department of Community Development, 455 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90210. Call Alek Miller at 310-285-1196 for more information.