Los Angeles Permit Expeditor: Why Mixed Use Still Makes Sense PART I

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Los Angeles Permit Expeditor: Why Mixed Use Still Makes Sense PART I

As a Los Angeles Permit Expeditor I’m often asked about the most efficient and cost effective ways to get permits obtained in Los Angeles, and, inevitably I’m asked if mixed-use projects are just a fad. The answer, I’ve come to believe, is really outside of the mixed use conversation altogether. The answer, to me, is found in more questions. I believe we need to know the answer to a few questions. In this two-part series of articles I will answer the question, “Does Mixed Use still make sense in Los Angeles?”

As stated before I believe the answer to this question is found in more questions:

Where in Los Angeles Are You Building?

Are you building in West LA near the Beverly Center? Are you building in the San Fernando Valley? South Central? Or perhaps South Bay? When considering permits, it’s important to know the character and personality of the neighborhood of your development. For example, locations near The Grove may find a tenant improvement being expedient while a location in Van Nuys may be a better location for mixed use. If you ask me about mixed use developments, I’ll ask you about your site selection.


What Are You Developing?

A deceivingly obvious question, and you may even be rolling your eyes as you read this. But, seriously what are you developing? A restaurant is very different than a multifamily. In the city of angels this obvious question has serious ramifications with respect to your budget and timeline. Let me give you an example: there was an amazing out-of-state developer thinking he should come to California-Los Angeles specifically- and build big box retail. Without proper site selection and due diligence this kind of development can cost you many long hours as well as fees.


What is the Scope of Your Project?

I led into this question in the last section a little bit. But, the next answer you need when considering if mixed use projects, are just a fad or even an option for you, is to know the scope of your project? Are you envisioning a large multifamily building with some retail and restaurants on the bottom? Or are you just putting a little café on in the corner of a mixed use project? If you know where you’re building and the scope of what you’re building you may find that mixed use is a good use of existing space. Conversely, you may find it to be a nuisance as certified letters from neighbors may be required for you to change signage. Additionally, you need to ask about the space you’re moving into.


Next week, in part two of this series I will show you how this rudimentary information compounds into either a compelling case for mixed use or a hard “no” for mixed use. As always, the best way to know how to permit anything in Los Angeles is to call me and my team. We are everyone’s favorite Los Angeles Permit Expeditor.

 About Permit Advisors: Permit Advisors Inc. is a complete permit, entitlement consulting, and expediting firm based out of Beverly Hills, Ca. We go beyond just submitting plans, as you may have experienced with previous expediters. We have established strong relationships with officials of many municipalities and have numerous time and cost saving strategies that we implement to efficiently complete projects. We aim to secure all permits as quickly as possible! We keep track of all the different aspects of the permitting process and make sure that the project is being given full attention by everyone on the team. We responsibly update clients and ensure that lines of communication are open between the Jurisdiction, the consultants and the client at all times. Contact us today for a consultation www.permitadvisors.com.


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Dec 13, 2017 By admin