Multi-family project at 800 S. Fairfax moves forward; appeal denied

| January 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

209 NEW APARTMENTS shown in rendering looking southeast from Eighth Street and Fairfax Avenue.

RENDERING of new development and adjacent Tom Bergin’s Irish pub looking east from Fairfax Avenue.
Renderings courtesy of Reed Architectural Group

Los Angeles Planning Commissioners denied an appeal of a multi-family residential development to be built next door to longtime neighborhood pub Tom Bergin’s on Fairfax Avenue in Miracle Mile.

The Commission’s decision Dec. 14 was the final planning department action for the mixed-use project at 800 S. Fairfax Ave.

The approved project features an eight-story, 190,000-square-foot building with 209 apartments.

The Irish pub’s parking lot and two adjoining apartment buildings with 40 rent-controlled units will be demolished under the design by Reed Architectural Group design.

A new courtyard will separate the pub — which dates back to the 1930s and is a city Historic-Cultural Monument — from the new construction. The apartment building’s garage will include parking spaces for customers of Bergin’s.

The Commission denied the appeal by tenants of the existing buildings, filed in the name of the Fairfax Gardens Tenants Association.

A city staff report found that the project had met its legal obligations and recommended denial of the appeal.

TOM BERGIN’S currently is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m.

Christopher Clifford, executive of the Las Vegas-based developer Colliers International, sought approvals using Transit Oriented Communities housing incentives to reduce open space and setback requirements. In exchange, 28 of the apartments will be slated for extremely low-income affordable units.

The new development will consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments above 2,653 square feet of ground-floor retail space and parking for 239 vehicles.

The Los Angeles City Council adopted the findings of an environmental study conducted for the project on Dec. 9. The council adopted the project’s Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment in May 2023.

The developer did not return the Chronicle’s calls seeking further comment.

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