Meet District NoHo, a new North Hollywood development and one of the largest in the NoHo Arts District’s 20+ year history.
Since this is the largest development that NoHo has ever experienced, can you give us a description of the entire development?
As a joint development effort with Metro, District NoHo will transform the underutilized 15-acre site at the B Line (Red) and G Line (Orange) station into an arts district-inspired urban village. District NoHo will bring much-needed housing, office and retail steps from transit and it will serve as a gathering space to amplify the thriving community of North Hollywood.
This transit-oriented development includes approximately 1,500 multifamily residential units, over 300 of which will be affordable, 100,000SF of community serving retail and restaurant space, and 500,000SF of office space that are all integrated with a new, integrated transit center as well as bicycle and parking facilities.
Also, a timeline (estimation) when the developments will begin and be completed?
District NoHo will be constructed in multiple phases over a 15-year period. The first phase will include the consolidation of the transit facilities at Metro’s North Hollywood Station. This would begin after project approval by the City and the Metro Board, which is anticipated in early 2023.
What entertainment and arts attractions will you have in the mall? Are you still planning an outdoor theatre/performance area?
Given that District NoHo is in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, it will celebrate and showcase the flourishing arts community. A Strategic Art Plan is being developed with Metro for both static and digital artwork throughout the District. To be designed with a critical mass of installations, it will create a sense of discovery with a series of art landmarks as one wanders through the District NoHo neighborhood. The design will include flexible open space at the heart of the project with a performing arts pavilion intended to support small scale outdoor performances.
How will this development benefit the community from the standpoint of beautification, entertainment, economic benefits, etc.?
The current site condition is a very large asphalt and concrete parking field adjacent to the North Hollywood Station. The urban design of District NoHo will create a street grid which will invite pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles to enter and pass through the urban village and enjoy the three acres of open space and expansive tree lined sidewalks. The series of open spaces will provide shaded gathering places for the community, activated by retail, food and beverage, and community programming. One of the major transit goals is to enhance the Metro ridership experience by consolidating the bus lines to the new Transit Hub providing direct connections to the local and regional bus lines. The project will provide many economic benefits including infusing the NoHo Arts District neighborhood with a vibrant, creative workforce that will work, live, eat, drink and patronize the many unique restaurant, bars, comedy clubs, galleries, studios and theaters that make NoHo such a great place to live. The project will create thousands of new job opportunities in the construction, service, and office sectors as well as substantial property and business tax revenue to the City and County of Los Angeles.
Businesses are concerned that when construction begins it will hinder their business and need to be reassured that this won’t happen. They are concerned more now due to the losses they experienced during pandemic.
We hear and are sensitive to the concerns about potential impacts that might occur to local businesses. The $1B plus project investment will ensure a healthy and sustainable future for NoHo by creating a true mixed-use community for residents, workers and Metro transit riders who will populate the project and patronize NoHo businesses. We will design and implement a construction phasing plan that will be well-communicated to minimize access issues and other potential impacts to the NoHo business community.
The construction plan will be developed in close coordination with Metro to minimize disruption to the existing transit operations during Project construction. All existing services are proposed to be maintained throughout Project construction, although temporary detours or relocation of stops may be required during the various phases of construction.
Communication will be key, and the District NoHo team and Metro will actively communicate with the community as the plans unfold. We will comply with the Los Angeles Municipal Code construction guidelines for construction hours, ensure dust has minimal impact on adjacent properties, and publish approved construction truck and equipment haul routes as required.
Will this new development cause apartment rents to increase?
The State of California and Los Angeles are experiencing a significant housing shortage as demand far exceeds supply. District NoHo is an opportunity to add much needed homes to region via smart transit-oriented density at a major Metro transit hub as Metro continues to investment in improving the rail and bus system infrastructure. Approximately 1,500 new residential units will be provided with a mix of market and affordable housing offerings on transit, within proximity to local businesses, entertainment, jobs and educational opportunities.
How many of the units will be affordable housing/Section 8 for lower income people.
Affordable Housing is important to create a sustainable mixed-use community and is an integral part of District NoHo. The project will provide 20% of the housing options for residents who earn an average of 60% of AMI or less. The affordable housing will be under the guidance of the City of Los Angeles and its guidelines for implementation.
Seniors, veterans, families, and the arts community housing are all areas being considered for the Affordable Housing. The type of Affordable Housing will be, in part, determined by the available funding opportunities in the market at the time the Project receives its final approvals.
How can I find out more about the project?
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