Whittier may see a new skyway crossing Pleasant Avenue as part of a housing project proposed for 2900 Pleasant Ave. S.
“Rana Village” would include a five-story building with 79 residential units and a 48-unit assisted living facility. The project would front the Greenway between Pleasant and Grand avenues, and it would retain portions of the storage and shop buildings along the Greenway.
A new skyway would connect the third floor to Karmel Plaza’s mosque and shops across the street.
The project would include underground parking with 40 stalls dedicated to Karmel West at 312 W. Lake St. and would internally connect to Karmel West on the first and third floors. (The current parking lot on the site leases 46 spaces for Karmel West.)
Seventy-five parking spaces for residences would be enclosed in the structure’s main level.
The assisted living portion of the building would offer one-bedroom units, with two- to four-bedroom units available elsewhere in the building.
The developer is proposing to remodel the roofs of existing buildings along the north property line and use them for second-floor decks. The building would have walk-up units along Grand.
The building would step back at the second and fourth floors to reduce shadowing on the Greenway. The developer said the proposed height and distance from the Greenway matches that of Karmel Plaza.
The property owner of 2900 Pleasant is Rana Village LLC, which shares an address with Karmel Plaza developer Sabri Properties.
The project as proposed would need a conditional use permit to increase the height from four to five stories. Conditional use permits are also needed to allow the assisted living facility as well as parking dedicated to Karmel West. The developer would seek to rezone the site from a Light Industrial District (I1) to a Multiple-Family Residential District (R5) and a Transitional Parking Overlay District.
The Planning Commission Committee of the Whole will examine the plans in a meeting today.