The plan for the southern section of the Woodside Village development at 47th Place and Rainbow Blvd. got its approval from the Westwood Planning Commission this week. A change to the public financing support will be the next hurdle for the development.
The northern portion of the project already is under vertical construction. A renovation and expansion of the Woodside Health and Tennis Club is expected to start later this year. When the club portion of the project is complete, developer Blair Tanner plans to begin work on the south project, which was the focus of the final site plan approval.
A question faced by the planning commission was whether the changes from a preliminary plan were substantial enough to require a new public hearing. One of the most substantial changes was the addition of a fifth floor to the parking garage which increased total parking on the site from 473 to 550. Tanner said feedback from retailers had shown concern about the parking. The parking includes space for retail, residential tenants and residential guests.
The parking garage also shifted its orientation which let it move back another 40 feet from residences on the south side of the development. Tanner said the garage would no longer have an underground level because studies showed that removing rock on the site made it too expensive. Several planning commission members said the change in the garage was an improvement.
The plan still combines retail along Rainbow with a large residential component of 243 units. Many of the residential units are arranged in wings that wrap two courtyards. Other residential is above the first floor retail. The retail is 16,556 square feet and still has plans for a GreenAcres grocery although they are not a signed tenant. The development on the southside of 47th Place occupies 4.78 acres. The preliminary pan was approved in 2011. A final development plan for the north phase was approved in 2013 and revised in 2015.
The fifth level of the parking garage does not extend higher than the facade of the building that fronts 47th Place. A number of live-work units are included along 47th Place and, like the first floor retail space, have a greater height than the residential floors.
The approval of the plan had stipulations that additional reviews of such items as landscape and lighting will need to come back to the planning commission.