Condo project planned

first_imgBuildings the two dealerships formerly occupied have been demolished. The Whittier Boulevard Specific Plan, approved by the City Council in June 2005, seeks to enable the boulevard to gradually evolve from a hodgepodge of strip malls and retail shops into thoroughfare of six well-defined districts. The plan calls for the eastern three miles of the boulevard to be transformed from commercial to residential use. Collier said residential usage is a better fit for that stretch because the city’s auto dealerships do not want to locate to that site. “They like to cluster together,” he said. Developer Hagop Sargisian, owner of HDS Group, is proposing a variety of condominium sizes, including 23 three-bedroom units and 73 units of either one or two bedrooms. The project will have less units than allowed under the city plan, with a density of about 19.6 units per acre. The city allows up to 30 units per acre. The project also will have 222 parking spaces. One issue still be resolved is how much in city park fees HDS must pay. That money goes for park improvements in Whittier. City regulations call for the company to pay about $500,000 in park fees. But Sargisian on Tuesday called that figure “outrageous.” Based on his dealings with other cities, he said a fair amount in park fees would be $3,000 per unit, or about $300,000 for the entire project. Collier said city staff members are reworking Whittier’s fee structure, and the city is prepared to negotiate with Sargisian. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 WHITTIER – A proposed 96-unit condominium project on the site of two former auto dealerships will usher in a major change – from commercial to residential use – on Whittier Boulevard east of Santa Gertrudes Avenue. The Beverly Hills-based HDS Group now owns the nearly five-acre site at 16050 and 16110 Whittier Blvd., where the Whittier Dodge and Isuzu dealerships were formerly located. The developer’s proposed condominium project will go before the Whittier Planning Commission at a special meeting April 9. The project had been set to be reviewed by the commission Monday, but the matter was continued. “This is a significant project,” said Jeff Collier, director of community development for Whittier. “It takes a site that has been somewhat of an eyesore … and begins the implementation of the Whittier Boulevard plan in earnest. This starts the transition to a different land use.” last_img

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