North Hollywood Joint Development FAQs
- Where is the site? What parcels of land are part of the North Hollywood (NoHo) Station site?
- What will be developed on the site?
- How can I get involved? What are you doing for community engagement?
- What’s happening to the parking?
- Will this development prevent a potential conversion of the Orange Line from bus rapid transit (BRT) to light rail (LRT)?
- Who is involved?
- Who is the developer?
- What are major milestone in the process?
- When will the development project be done?
- How do I stay informed?
Where is the site? What parcels of land are part of the North Hollywood (NoHo) Station site?
The NoHo Station site includes the end stations of both Metro Red and Metro Orange Lines near Lankershim and Chandler Boulevards in Los Angeles, California. Metro owns 15.6 acres around the station that make up the total NoHo Station site. Please see the attached map for details.
What will be developed on the site?
Because we are in the early stages of the joint development process for the North Hollywood site, this is yet to be determined. Metro completed a Guide for Development in November 2015, following an outreach process in fall 2015 that involved meetings and discussions with community residents and organizations, businesses and property owners, and public agencies. This Guide reflects the goals, concerns, and ideas Metro heard from participants as well as the land use regulations from the City of Los Angeles, and is used to inform and shape development proposals for the North Hollywood site.
How can I get involved? What are you doing for community engagement?
Metro hosted community meetings in September and October 2015. During this outreach process, Metro heard from local stakeholders about their thoughts for future development at NoHo Station. You can see a summary of the comments from that initial outreach here and the presentations from the community workshops here. While this initial outreach process is now over, we are happy to take public comment through our online comment form . You can also reach us by emailing email@example.com .
The Developer selected to develop the NoHo site will be required to develop a Community Outreach Plan by Metro as part of their Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA). Like any new development project, the proposed development for the NoHo site will move through the entitlement and CEQA process under the jurisdiction of the City of Los Angeles. Community input is required during this process.
What’s happening to the parking?
The NoHo Station has a high demand for parking. There are currently 957 transit parking spaces at the North Hollywood Park & Ride. In November 2015, Metro completed construction on an additional 194 spaces along Chandler. Metro will ensure that any new development at NoHo Station maintains the parking capacity as much as possible and will require that the future development increases the parking capacity for Metro transit users to 2,000 parking spaces. There would also be additional parking as required through zoning regulations for new businesses and residences.
Will this development prevent a potential conversion of the Orange Line from bus rapid transit (BRT) to light rail (LRT)?
No – Metro’s Engineering & Construction staff will coordinate with the selected developer team to ensure that the development does not prevent the option of LRT conversion and other enhancements to the Metro system.
Who is involved?
Metro owns the land at the NoHo Station site. The Metro Board is the authority that approves or denies the development at the site. The City of Los Angeles has regulatory control over the land use for the site. Metro Joint Development staff will work with you, the developer, and the Metro Board to guide and encourage the best development possible.
Who is the developer?
A developer has not been selected yet. Metro will choose a developer through a two-step process. The first step has been completed: a Request for Information and Qualifications (RFIQ) was issued in June 2015 and a shortlist of developers has been selected to submit a Request for Proposals (RFP), step two. The RFP was released in December 2015 and includes the Guide for Development derived from the community engagement process. Based on the quality of these responses, Metro Joint Development staff will recommend the developer with the best design, strongest financial feasibility and best conformance to the Development Guidelines and JD goals to the Metro Board. This recommendation is expected in late Spring/early Summer 2016.
What are major milestone in the process?
- Guide for Development: Developed with input from the community, the Guide for Development was presented to the Metro Board on 11/18/15 and 12/3/15 by Joint Development Staff for review and approval.
- Request for Proposals (RFP): The Board approved the Guide for Development at the December Board meeting. The RFP for the NoHo Station Site was released on December 4, 2015.
- Exclusive Negotiations Agreement (ENA): Once a Developer is selected, the Metro Joint Development Team will ask the Metro Board to approve an Exclusive Negotiations and Planning Agreement (ENA) with the selected Developer. An ENA means that Metro will be negotiating project terms only with the selected Developer.
- Joint Development Agreement and Ground Lease: During the course of the ENA, Metro and the Developer will negotiate financial terms for a long-term lease arrangement and the Developer will refine the project concept and seek entitlements, with input from community stakeholders. At the end of the ENA phase, the Metro Join Development team will present the negotiated terms to the Metro Board for consideration. If the Board approves the terms, Metro will enter into a Joint Development Agreement and eventually a Ground Lease with the Developer. Other actions may be taken during the course of Developer selection and negotiation, if necessary.
When will the development project be done?
The project schedule is subject to the developer selection and their timeframe. A typical joint development process takes an estimated 5 years from start of the process to construction completion.
How do I stay informed?
- E-blasts: Metro’s JD team will keep an updated stakeholder list and apprise interested parties/individuals of upcoming meetings about the development. This includes public meetings, such as those held by the Metro Board and/or City Planning Commission, and outreach-specific meetings focused on project development. Sign up for our mailing list here .
- Project Webpage: Metro’s project webpage ( metro.net/projects/jd-sfv/ ) will have regular updates on the project as it develops.
- Metro staff: Metro staff is available to answer questions on the project or attend meetings to update larger groups of stakeholders. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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