Housing and Hotel Complex Planned for Warner Center Fry’s Property
by Marsia & Eugene Powers
Plans call for more than 1.1 million square feet of new construction
The project, which would be built over multiple phases, would commence with the construction of an eight-story, 150-foot-tall building along the northern half of the property, consisting of 442 residential units above 730 screened parking spaces. The housing would come in a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom floor plans, including 171 live/work units – several of which would front the ground level. Plans also call for a 2,100-square-foot retail space fronting Canoga Avenue – likely to be occupied with a corner market – as well as three courtyards, a rooftop deck, a fitness room, and other amenities.
Phase two of construction would encompass the southern half of the site, consisting of an eight-story, 136-foot-tall building containing 438 apartments and 721 parking stalls. Plans call for a similar blend of floor plans and amenities to the phase one project.
The final phase of the development, slated for the center of the property along Canoga, would consist of a 12-story, 139-foot-tall hotel containing 204 guest room with amenities and a 63-car garage. The mid-rise building would also contain a third-level pool deck, a fitness center, and an outdoor deck on its top floor.
AO is designing the project, which is called District at Warner Center. To break up the massing of the buildings, as well as the sprawling project site, the proposed development would be bisected by a new pedestrian “woonerf” lined by plazas and live/work units. The proposed shared street would also connect with an existing passageway at the neighboring Vela at Ox development, providing a public connection between Oxnard Street and Canoga Avenue via private property.
The pedestrian and vehicular circulation of the property would also be aligned to connect with any future development of an abutting property on Variel Avenue, as well as a future entrance to the Anthem Blue Cross property located on the west side of Canoga.
Pending the approval of project entitlements, construction is anticipated to occur in overlapping phases over a period of roughly four years.