Developer BRE's contentious Wilshire La Brea project, that Thomas P. Cox Architects-designed development, was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission today. As seen above, development would basically take out a whole city block: It would rise on the site of old Columbia Savings bank, a building that LA Conservancy is fighting to protect, as well as the now-vacant Metro Plaza shopping center. The six-story, 482-unit apartment development, proposed to have 40,000 square feet of retail, would join other new or proposed developments in this section of mid-Wilshire, including BRE's 5600 Wilshire project down the street. One concession seen today: Some of the penthouses will be eliminated--about nine or ten units--so the project won't be seen from houses on Sycamore. Next, the development will be heard before the Planning and Land Use Management Committee and then City Council.
Planning Commission OKs Wilshire La Brea Project