Open house this Saturday on North Hollywood joint development

The latest rendering of the proposed development on Metro-owned land at North Hollywood Station. Credit: Metro.

Metro staff will hold an open house this Saturday in North Hollywood to discuss plans for a joint development on 15.6 acres of agency-owned land adjacent to the Red Line and Orange Line stations. The open house is from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Groundwork Coffee next to the Orange Line platforms (11275 Chandler Blvd) and one focus will be consolidating transit on the site. 

The latest project rendering is at top and just below is a presentation with some other background (pdf here for download and printing). As you can see, this is not a tiny development and it’s a great chance to add housing, businesses and green space near transit. The idea is to build a transit-oriented community that could serve as a model for the region and add to the vibrancy that is NoHo.

At this time, the development is shaping up to include two high-rise residential towers, four residential buildings (two of which are affordable housing), a mid-rise office building, new open space and pedestrian and bike improvements. As for numbers, the project at this time would include:

The North Hollywood station area at present. Credit: Google Maps.

Market-rate homes: 1,000-1,200 units.

Affordable homes: 250-325 units.

Retail: 125,000 – 150,000 square feet.

Office: 300,000 – 400,000 square feet.

Transit parking: 1,000 – 1,500 spaces (there are currently 952 spaces). 

The project would include new connections to the Red Line and Orange Line stations and would be built in phases so that both stations remain fully operational during construction.

Metro has already selected a developer — Trammell Crow/Greenland. The agency’s Board will later this month consider entering into a 24-month “Exclusive Negotiations and Planning Agreement” with the developer. In plain English, that means Metro and Trammell/Crow will further refine the project during that time and the financial details will be worked out. There will also be much more community outreach during this time.

At the open house on Saturday, there will be a short presentation followed by an opportunity to ask Metro staff and the developers any questions that you have about the project. Plus…there will be free coffee and pastries. 

Your thoughts on the development?

11 replies

  1. Soooooo000000oooooooo much parking………
    And then locals will complain about all the new drivers going to the parking lot clogging the local streets:
    “See! That’s why you can’t build density in the Valley! Congestion!”
    If you want people to do something other than drive, stop bending over backwards making it free and so darn convenient to drive

  2. How much money is there or bicycling and where and on what type of projects is that money going to be spent?

  3. Hey Steve, any winners from the metro pass giveaway from the Gold Line? I didn’t notice any names yet…
    I don’t want to throw away my ticket…

  4. Is there anyway to leave a comment about the project online? I can’t make it to the open house.

  5. Bus consolidation is smart and it looks like it’s done in such a way to preserve a future eastern expansion of Orange Line (which I know was a stated goal). Earlier plans had parking spread out amongst the properties, but this looks like it consolidates parking back to one area south of the new bus terminal? Thanks for keeping parking at the lot. If I couldn’t park at the lot, I’d probably have to spend more time in my car driving to somewhere I could park (either another station or all the way to Santa Monica). Bus service is just too infrequent and slow to my house two miles away (the price we pay for having a small plot of land for our children to play on).

  6. So you’re increasing the number of parking spaces for transit? Wouldn’t it make sense to see what happens after you implement parking fees at this station, to get a better idea of the true market demand for parking?

  7. The number is listed for transit parking, but there are no numbers listed showing how many parking spaces will be needed for the retail space, market units and affordable units. There’s likely a formula being followed but it’d be great to see the number. I think seeing that number could bring some attention to the fact that even when built on top of a subway station, new developments are over-parked. Maybe we could get a discussion on trading in some of the parking to allow more affordable units.