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Orange Grove Updates

Project Summary

This Development is a Joint Venture with Ketter Group, a real estate development, design, and construction company based in Los Angeles. Orange Grove is a ‘by-rights’ development in the suburb of Faircrest Heights, halfway between LA’s downtown and Santa Monica, and will deliver a thirty unit apartment building to market.

October 31st, 2020

As previously mentioned in earlier updates the process in Los Angeles does differ greatly from that in Australia. We are still awaiting further advice from the Los Angeles Planning Department. 

We are continuing to contact the department however at this point in time we are awaiting further advice 

September 30th, 2020

We are currently still awaiting a response from the Los Angeles Planning Department. We are making contact with them regularly to ensure the application is making progress however at this point in time we have provided all the necessary information and we await their advice.

August 31st, 2020

As mentioned in last month’s update the process in Los Angeles differs a great deal to Australia and we are therefore still waiting for advice from the Los Angeles Planning Department. This process does take longer than what we can expect in Australia however with that in mind we are still within the expected time frame to receive the permits. 

July 31st, 2020

We are still playing the waiting game with the Los Angeles Planning Department. The permit process is different in LA compared to Australia, as they combine what we call ‘Council permits’ and ‘building permits’ into a single process, which takes longer. Considering the size of the project and the typical timeframe for the planning department, we are still within the expected timeframe to receive permits.

June 26th, 2020

We have re-submitted to the City following their latest enquiry and are following up with them for any further requirements and to grant approval.

May 26th, 2020

We have responded to the City requirements for air and noise studies. Additional corrections from the City will be sent shortly, and we will start work once we have them.

Things are progressing well with the City approvals, but some processes are slightly delayed due to COVID-19 issues on the City’s end.

We will continue working with the City to expedite the approval process.

April 22nd, 2020

The application is progressing well with the City. Last week they contacted us to conduct an air quality study and noise/vibration study which is the final step to get this item cleared and approved.

We will continue working with the City to expedite the approval process.

March 27th, 2020

We have resubmitted the design drawings to the City following their first correction (RFI). We are now awaiting to hear back from the City.

The engineering and design are on the track.

February 26th, 2020

The City of LA issued a ‘correction’ (equivalent to RFI in Australia) on our submitted drawings. The design team has almost finished adjusting the drawings to address the City’s comments. They will be submitted again shortly.

The neighbourhood City Council (a different body from the City of LA) has endorsed the project.

January 28th, 2020

We have received a ‘correction’ from the Planning Department. This is equivalent to an RFI from the Council in Australia.

The design team has already begun amending the drawings and documents to address the correction comments. We will be ready to resubmit early next month.

December 20th, 2020

We are awaiting a response from the City Planning Department on our first draft submission. We should hear back before the end of the year.

We had a successful meeting with the Neighbourhood City Council on the 5th of December. The Land Use Committee has approved the project and it is being taken to a final vote which will occur in their January, 2020 meeting.

November 25th, 2020

First draft of the detailed design drawings has been submitted to the City of Los Angeles.

Some of the  plans check corrections expected  back, from the City, by Mid to End of December 2019.

In Australia, these permits are broken down into two stages: planning permits and building permits. But in Los Angeles, these permits are obtained in a single approval process. This means that once we complete this approval process, we will have all of the required permits and approvals to begin construction.

September 24th, 2020

The plans are with the City Planning Department awaiting approvals. All required engineers, such as structural engineers and mechanical engineers, are working on their tasks with first drafts to be completed in 5 weeks.

Housing submittal is in review, we should hear back in the next few weeks.

A neighborhood Council meeting is scheduled for the end of October.

August 23rd, 2020

Detailed design drawings, including structural engineering, mechanical, electrical, and civil, will be commencing over this month (August).

A Shoring and Grading permit will be submitted to the City Planning Department next month (September), this permit is required for excavation to commence.

We are anticipating a permit in Feb/Mar 2020.

July 19th, 2020

Final plans are to be completed within the week. These plans will be submitted to the local Council-equivalent by the end of next week.

June 19th, 2020

Currently going through the initial design phase required for permit submission.

May 21st, 2020

We are in the process of finalising the design to submit to the City Planning Department.  All consultants have been engaged and we are awaiting final drawings.

May 21st, 2020

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