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Westchester gets new design standards

July 14, 2009 |  6:36 pm

New buildings and parking lots on major thoroughfares in Westchester's Loyola Village will be subject to an array of design standards approved today by the Los Angeles City Council.

Years in the making, the new guidelines are intended to improve and standardize storefront design, building orientation, landscaping and signage on Lincoln Boulevard and Manchester Avenue.

"These design standards came from the community and reflect the people's vision," Councilman Bill Rosendahl said in a statement."These planning tools will allow for the development of cohesive ... pedestrian-friendly boulevards."

The so-called Loyola Village Community Design Overlay includes the following:

--New buildings must be constructed closer to street curbs.

--Parking lots must be built away from the sidewalk and toward the rear of or below a building.

--Parking areas next to residential properties must have one tree planted per 25 feet of lot width.

--New parking structures must contain ground-floor retail.

--A building's main entrance must open onto the major street on which the building is located.

--Upper floors should have design elements such as columns, bay windows or balconies.

--Martha Groves