AVANTI

GENERAL PROJECT INFORMATION

Project Title:

Avanti

Location:

23500 Park Sorrento, Calabasas, CA 91302

Approvals:

July 25, 2013 project approved by the Planning Commission

Construction Dates:

March 2014 (anticipated)

Duration:

2-3 years

CEQA:

Addendum to the 2008 Final EIR

Applicant Contact:

Rick Bianchi at (949) 382-2809 or rbianchi@thenewhomecompany.com

Company/Sales Information:

http://nwhm.com/neighborhood/avanti

Staff Contact:

Michael Klein or Glenn Michitsch at (818) 224-1600, mklein@cityofcalabasas.com

Avanti Project -- Affordable Housing

Avanti Affordable Housing Lottery

On September 20, 2016, at 3:30 PM, a lottery will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall to establish a priority list of persons desiring to rent one of the affordable housing units available in the Avanti mixed-use development project located at 23500 Park Sorrento. The New Home Company (property owner and developer) is currently maintaining a registry list for anyone interested in renting one of the eight affordable units. A number will be assigned to each person on the registry list (there are presently about 300 names on the registry), and a lottery ticket corresponding to the number assigned to the name will be placed in a box. A city official will pull every number and log each ticket # and the corresponding name in order from number one through the end of the entire list. After the lottery is concluded, the New Home Company will use the priority list to offer units starting with number one. Prospective tenants contacted by the New Home Company will first need to qualify to ensure they comply with the affordable housing program requirements (i.e. income, etc.) and then also qualify to be a renter (i.e. credit worthiness, etc.). The New Home Company will continue down the priority list until all eight units are rented. The deadline to sign up for the registry list is Thursday, September 15th at 5:00pm. Any person attempting to register after this deadline will not be able to register.

The Registration Process is as follows:
• Go to NWHM.com
• Navigate to “New Homes” and click on “Los Angeles”
• Click on “Avanti”
• Click on “Get on the List”
• Fill out information as requested and in the “request” box indicate your preference for the affordable apartments
• Click the box “Request” to complete the registration process

Affordable Apartments Registration Process 

The Avanti mixed use project, located at 23500 Park Sorrento, includes 8 affordable housing units available for rent or purchase. Specific details on how to rent or purchase a unit should be obtained from the property owner. (Please contact The New Home Company, at (949) 382-7800.) Meanwhile, below are some frequently asked questions and answers.

1. How many affordable units are in the project? Answer: there are 8 affordable housing units

2. How big are the units? Answer: there are 6 one-bedroom units with approximately 600 square feet, and 2 two-bedroom units with approximately 800 square feet.

3. Are the affordable units completed and ready for sale or rent? Answer: The affordable units are expected to be completed and available by September of 2016. Initially, the property owner plans to rent the units. However, each unit is subdivided as a condominium and may become available for purchase at a later date.

4. How can I get on the list to rent or own one of the affordable units? Answer: please contact the property owner, The New Home Company, at (949) 382-7800 for information on how to rent a unit.

5. Who can qualify to live in the affordable units? Answer: the units may be occupied only as a primary residence and only by tenants meeting income requirements to qualify as a “very low income” household in Los Angeles County, as established annually by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). For example, the “very low income” rate published by HCD on May 24, 2016 is $30,400 for a one-person household and $34,750 for a two-person household (http://www.hcd.ca.gov/housing-policy-development/housing-resource-center/reports/state/inc2k16.pdf). If your total annual income falls below the published amount for your household size, you may qualify to rent one of the affordable units. Written documentation, such as your most recently filed federal tax form(s), will be required to confirm income eligibility.

6. Who reviews the qualifications of various applicants and decides which persons may rent the units? Answer: the property owner is responsible for managing the affordable units and conducting the qualification and selection process. The City’s Community Development Department will oversee the process to ensure adherence to legal requirements and standards. Also, the City shall confirm that a prospective resident meets the income qualifications prior signing a lease agreement (or completing a purchase).

7. How is the City making sure this process is being handled fairly? Answer: The initial selection of potential applicants will be accomplished by lottery; after which the applicants will be reviewed for income eligibility. Upon any determination that an applicant is ineligible, the next candidate selected via the lottery would then be reviewed and considered. Additionally, the property owner is required to provide an annual report to the City in order to make sure that units are continuing to be occupied by income qualified residents and that the rent is within the allowable limits.

8. How much will each unit cost to rent or purchase? Answer: the maximum monthly rent and/or purchase price shall not exceed 30% (less 10% for a utility allowance) of the annual income for a two person household for a 1-bedroom unit and a three-person household for a 2-bedroom unit. The Community Development Director shall update the maximum rent and purchase price based on the most current published income limits for Los Angele County by HCD. Updated rent and sale price for each unit may be found here.

9. If I am successful and qualify for one of the units, but several years later I manage to earn a higher salary (which should be a good thing), then will I be at risk to lose my home? Answer: renters are required to submit their federal tax form(s) annually in order to confirm they still meet the income limits. Renters who no longer meet the income requirements will have six months to vacate the unit. Owners that purchase a unit will not have to vacate the unit if they make more money in the future. However, they will have to rent or sell the unit to an income qualified occupant at whatever time they decide to vacate the unit.

NOTICE OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION

July 2013 (posted 01/27/14)

On July 25, 2013 the Planning Commission approved File No. 130000103. A request to demolish the existing Calabasas Inn banquet facility and develop the site with a 212,400 (0.91 FAR) square-foot mixed use development, to include 80 condominium units (72 market-rate two-and three-bedroom units and 8 one-and two-bedroom affordable units for rent), on-site amenities (i.e. pool, club house, outdoor recreation, etc.), 10,700 square-feet of neighborhood-serving commercial uses and 294 parking spaces to be provided through a combination of on-grade covered and uncovered parking spaces and within a two-level subterranean parking garage. The project includes requests for the following: (1) a Site Plan Review for the construction of a 212,400 square-foot building, parking garage and associated amenities, (2) a Conditional Use Permit for 80 multi-family dwelling units, (3) a Vesting Tract Map (Map No. 066208) for the subdivision of the parcel and 80 condominium units, (4) an Oak Tree Permit for the removal of five oak trees and encroachment into the protected zones of 28 oak trees, (5) a Variance request for a reduction of trash and recycling enclosure area dimensions for two of eight enclosures, (6) a Variance request for the reduction of a parking lot landscape buffer zone at a single location on the west side of the site, (7) a 7% off-street parking reduction to provide fewer than the required 300 parking spaces, and (8) a building height concession to allow development of up to 52’-3” tall buildings and a concession related to the reduction of parking stall width adjacent to columns and walls (in accordance with California State Law regarding affordable housing density bonus), for providing 10% affordable units designated for very low-income occupants. The subject site is located at 23500 Park Sorrento, within the Commercial Mixed Use (CMU-0.95) zoning district.

 
PUBLIC HEARINGS
Development Review Committee (DRC): February 19, 2013
Architectural Review Panel (ARP):

April 12, 2013
May 10, 2013
May 24, 2013

Planning Commission:

July 25, 2013

February 2013

On January 30, 2013, applicants for the Village at Calabasas (D2 Development & The New Home Company) submitted a revised plan to redevelop the Calabasas Inn Site located at 23500 Park Sorrento. The new development proposal consists of a 220,468 square foot mixed-use development. More specifically, the project consists of 90 condominium units and 8,160 square feet of commercial space, with both some public and private recreational amenities. The project will need review by the City’s Development Review Committee and Architectural Review Panel prior to a public hearing and decision by the Planning Commission.

May 2012

As of May 2012, the project application remains incomplete, with more information needing to be submitted. If no new information is submitted by August 2, 2012, the City will withdraw the application administratively due to lack of activity.

November 2010

On November 22, 2010, the applicant submitted revised plans.  The revised project is similar to the mixed-use project approved in 2008.  At 174,710 square feet, the proposed project includes 131 senior (age restricted) condos, 10,000 square feet of commercial retail and on-site residential amenities such as a pool, gym and community room.

December 2009

On December 2, 2009, the applicant submitted revised plans.  At 224,818 square feet the new plans reflect a smaller building than the first submittal.  The project will remain a senior residential care facility that includes 104 independent residential living units and 106 assisted living units with the same amenities proposed in the August 2009 submittal.

October 2009

The City held a Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting on October 6, 2009, to discuss project-related issues for the new application.  Subsequent to the DRC meeting, the application was deemed incomplete.

August 2009

On August 27, 2009, the owner of the site submitted new applications for a different project.  Under the new zoning designation, the owner is now requesting to develop a senior facility.  The new proposal includes the construction of a 278,639 square-foot senior residential care facility that includes 106 independent residential living units and 105 assisted living units.  The project would be restricted to senior citizens and include on-site amenities such as an outdoor aquatics center, a media room/theater, salon and spa retreat, wellness center, library and internet lounge, ample activity rooms, outdoor fireplace, lush landscaping and outdoor common areas.

The project is expected to be built in two phases.  The first phase will consist of 105 assisted living units and 12 independent units, and an interim surface parking lot.  The second phase will consist of the demolition of the Calabasas Inn banquet facility and construction of the remaining 94 independent living units, parking structure and resort style amenities.

September 2008

On March 17, 2006, the owner of the Calabasas Inn site submitted an application to demolish the existing banquet facility and re-develop the site with a new mixed use project.  On September 10, 2008, the City Council approved the project and certified the Final EIR, which included a change in the zoning designation of the project site from Commercial Office to Commercial Mixed Use in order to accommodate the development of a 174,313 square-foot mixed use project. Proposed development included 79 high end residential condominiums and 13,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space.  The approved project, re-named by the developer to the Village at Calabasas, is the first truly mixed use project to be approved in Calabasas. Due to extensions granted by State Law to all approved tentative maps, the project approvals are currently valid through September 10, 2014.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Development Review Committee (DRC):

Design Review Panel (DRP):

June 22, 2007
July 27, 2007

Planning Commission:

August 14, 2008

City Council:

September 10, 2008

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