Council Looks to Set Course for AMP Lofts Approval
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The proposed AMP Lofts at 695 Santa Fe has land, an award winning design and the favor of both Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Jose Huizar. What it doesn't have is approval from the city's planning department. Tomorrow morning City Council will consider a motion by Huizar to take jurisdiction over the case and let the council's Planning and Land Use Committee determine the project's fate.
On December 13th six members of the Central Area Community Planning Commission deadlocked on whether to reverse a denial by Acting Zoning Administrator Michael LoGrande, causing the initial decision to hold. LoGrande's denial was largely predicated on the argument that residential use was inconsistent with the neighborhood, but a look around shows that the project has plenty of residential neighbors. Diagonally across the intersection of 7th and Santa Fe is 2121 Lofts, with 78 units. Just one block away are the Toy Factory and Biscuit Company lofts, with a combined 214 units. The 182-unit AMP Lofts would cement what has quickly turned in a southern outpost of the Arts District.
Though the original denial and December deadlock predate the Industrial Land Use Policy just introduced by Planning and CRA, the arguments read just the same. Though the project's process was put in play way back in 2005, tomorrow's Council action looks to be the first move in the fight over development of Downtown's industrial district.
Previously: AMP Lofts to Rise Within the Warehouses