Mixed-Use Project Planned next to Dinah's on Sepulveda

Dinah's Family Restaurant, the iconic restaurant in Westchester, will have new neighbors in the next year or two.

The Los Angeles City Council recently approved a plan to demolish buildings surrounding the restaurant at 6501 S. Sepulveda Boulevard to make way for the construction of an eight-story edifice featuring 362 apartments above approximately 3,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a 520-car garage.

According to development proposals, Dinah's and its signage will be preserved and renovated. The eatery will be restored to its original appearance, removing previous alterations and adding new columns to support a cantilevered section of the new building.

The 65-year-old restaurant will be "staying open and remaining that way" through the construction of the development, a Dinah's spokesperson told local media, adding that the iconic eatery will "occupy the new building" after construction.

San Diego-based developer Fairfield Residential has proposed a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom dwellings within the project, including 41 units of very low-income affordable housing that would be provided in exchange for density bonus incentives permitting a larger structure than otherwise allowed by zoning, according to Urbanize Los Angeles.

The development, named Sepulveda & Centinela, was designed by Carrier Johnson + Culture. Architectural plans show amenities including a gym, a fitness center, a central courtyard with a pool, and a rooftop deck.

Fairfield, which is owned by the California State Teachers' Retirement System, has developed several large apartment buildings in the Los Angeles area, including the Arts District's Aliso complex. It is planning new housing in Glassell Park.


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