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first_imgWHITTIER – The Planning Commission reviewed plans Monday for a proposed 96-unit condominium complex on the site of two former auto dealers on Whittier Boulevard. This project is expected to usher in a change from commercial to residential on the boulevard, east of Santa Gertrudes Avenue. The commission had not made a decision as of Monday’s press deadline. The Beverly Hills-based HDS Group now owns the nearly five-acre site, 16050 and 16110 Whittier Blvd. – where the former Whittier Dodge and Isuzu dealerships were located. “Are we already starting feuds in the homeowners association?” Stone asked. Jeff Collier, director of community development, said the city’s code doesn’t deal with Stone’s issue. 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. The development will have a total of 222 parking spaces, including 168 covered spaces. Developer Hagop Sargisian, owner of HDS Group, has said the project fits what the city wants. “This is a project exactly what the \ specific plan wants,” Sargisian said. “\ is 30 units per acre, but this is 19 units per acre.” Fifteen units will have to be sold at affordable prices. The exact details still need to be negotiated between the city and the developer. The project will have a variety of sizes, including 23 three-bedroom units and 73 units of either one- or two-bedrooms. [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! The buildings there have since been demolished. The Whittier Boulevard Specific Plan – approved in June 2005 – seeks to enable the street to gradually evolve from a hodgepodge strip of retail shops into a street of six well- defined districts. The plan calls for the eastern three miles of the boulevard to be transformed from commercial to residential areas. Questions were raised about parking, especially 24 parking spaces proposed for outside the development along an alley to the rear. “We’ve got 24 spaces outside the development and the walking distance for a guest driving there is a heck of a long way,” Commissioner Harry Stone said. last_img

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