The Planning Commission will decide Thursday whether to approve a plan for West Hollywood to purchase the empty lot at 148 North Swall Drive.
The property is a 6,006-square-foot space situated on the east side of North Swall Drive, south of Beverly Boulevard. The zoning for this area is Residential, Multi-Family High Density (R4B-C) with a Parking Overlay, accommodating high-density residential and potential ground floor commercial uses.
This acquisition, funded through general non-restricted funds, represents a strategic move on behalf of City Hall, eager for the rare chance to build a project on a blank slate property. With no current developments or tenants, future plans for its use will be determined after a comprehensive study and public consultation. This process aims to align any potential development with the community’s needs and the city’s development standards.
Resident David Eckhert wrote City Hall to voice his skepticism about such an open-ended plan.
“Why is the City purchasing this property with no plans for its usage? I don’t see how this lends to the General Plan. I could understand if this was to help with West Hollywood not in compliance with California’s housing requirements but there is no menton of development for immediate housing. The City has purchased multiple plots that have seen no activation for many years that have now caused the activation of The Builder’s Remedy. This land should be available for a private developer rather than West Hollywood owning and sitting on it. Also,where is the cost to purchase this land stated?”
Public outreach efforts by City Hall included notices sent to property owners and occupants within a 500-foot radius and ads on the city’s website and Channel 6.
For more information on this acquisition and other urban planning initiatives, interested parties can refer to the West Hollywood Municipal Code and the City’s planning department resources.