New restrictions on Granny Flats in Los Angeles

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Daniel Ramirez | Flickr

 

California is facing a serious housing crisis and city officials are reforming laws to make it easier for secondary dwelling units, also known as ‘Granny Flats’, to be constructed and make illegal guest houses eligible for permitting. These secondary dwelling units can provide much more needed housing while providing homeowners with supplemental income. Read more

Housing For The Homeless

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In 2016, Los Angeles voters approved a $1.2 billion bond towards housing for the city’s growing homeless population. Now, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning has proposed new guidelines to make the construction for housing the homeless and formerly homeless residents faster. Read more

City Officials Make Plans to Reevaluate Parking Minimums

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As a multi-family and mixed use developer, getting the most units out of your project is your number one goal. Being able to fully maximize your space and increase income revenue is an important aspect to consider when developing your architectural plans. One of the sources of wasted space, especially for smaller developments, are parking minimums. Developers must now reserve space for parking cutting into potential unit space. Read more

Neighborhood Integrity Initiative And Proposition JJJ Will Do More Harm Than Good If They Pass

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It’s a two sided debate that continues to spark conversations and protests surrounding development in Los Angeles and its effect on rental costs, affordable housing, LA’s planning process, construction wages, and the like.

These are all important issues to tackle. However, opponents to these anti-development ballots have voiced concerns that they are not going to solve the issues proponents have set out to address. In fact, many opponents argue that these ballots would actually make it harder to develop affordable housing, which is already harder than it was in the past.

Read on to learn more about the ballots and their proposed effects on real estate development.

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Automated Parking Systems in Los Angeles

It’s Friday night and you’re driving around a crowded parking garage, hoping to get lucky and catch someone pulling out of a spot so you don’t have to drive around the structure three times, endlessly looking for an empty space. You finally find a spot that is hardly large enough to be considered a parking space, and you pray that the person next to you doesn’t leave a dent. You start to think it would have been a better idea to give in and pay for valet. We have all been there. Luckily, you no longer have to find yourself in this sort of situation ever again because automated parking facilities are here to save the day!

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Our Interview With Noah Strouse of Historic Core BID

The Historic Core is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles. The community is made up of nearly 1:1 market rate and low-income housing. During the early 2000s, it was the epicenter of residential growth with the adaptive reuse ordinance, where previously abandoned or underutilized office and manufacturing was converted to housing. Along with the new units, under the 2005 Residential Hotel Ordinance, thousands of units of low income and permanent supportive housing were preserved.

The mission of the Historic Core Business Improvement District (HCBID) is to improve the quality of life of residents, property, and business owners in Downtown LA’s Historic Core through clean, safe, and enterprise programs. The HCBID is paid for by local tax assessments. Each contribution whether large or small helps keep the neighborhood cleaner and safer, helps local businesses grow and thrive, and supports the diverse neighborhood culture.

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At the “core” of their ongoing efforts to improve the Historic Core of Los Angeles is Noah Strouse, Marketing & Service Coordinator for the Historic Core Business Improvement District. We had a chance to chat with Noah and discuss what is going on in the Historic Core, new developments they are excited about, and how the Historic Core BID is promoting responsible development within the neighborhood.

noah blair mayorNoah Strouse with HCBID’s Executive Director Blair Besten and Mayor Eric Garcetti

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The Los Angeles Renaissance: Revitalization of Inglewood

For years the City of Inglewood has gotten a bad rap for something that doesn’t exist. It has been 25 years since the Lakers left, and there is a preconceived notion that the city had suffered since their departure. However, with the recent news of the return of the Rams and the construction of a stadium complex, it is apparent that developers have finally seen the light and Inglewood will once again be known as the “City of Champions.”

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First Look: New Single Family Home To Be Constructed In Hancock Park

With tree-lined streets and historic family homes, Hancock Park is a refreshing retreat from the hustle and bustle of its surrounding Los Angeles neighborhoods. Much like Larchmont Village and Windsor Square, it also offers an inviting mix of culture, cuisine, architecture and community ambience. Our team has been working with a local investor to design a single family home in the center of Hancock Park, Los Angeles that will give this whimsical neighborhood a modern touch.
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