Lower Hermosa development reconsidered after redesign

A planned project for “one of the great streets of La Jolla” in Lower Hermosa has undergone a major redesign after the La Jolla Development Permit Review Committee voted on the development in 2021.

The latest offers were made to the DPR at its September 20 meeting, hoping for a different outcome. After a lengthy discussion, the Board asked the applicant to return to a future meeting.

The project requires a coastal development permit to demolish a 2,035-square-foot dwelling and portion of the garage to build a new two-story single-family home with attached garage, balcony, and patio with a total area of ​​7,497 square feet. At 6208 Avenida Christa. From the street, the height would be 24 feet.

When it was revised last year, members of the People’s House of Representatives voted against the project based on height concerns, landscape inconsistencies, scale and scale issues, and more. At the time, opponents said it did not comply with local building regulations in terms of height and extensions in the front yard setback and visually contrast with the surrounding homes.

In its latest review, DPR Chairman Brian Weil explained that the project returns with a new design team.

Flavia Gomez of Offset Design, representing the applicant, said, “The owner contacted us to work together… to re-design after the project was rejected and feedback completed. [asked] and comply with San Diego Municipal Code.”

She said the new facade uses wood and Brazilian cupogo (also known as breeze blocks) to create a contemporary design that brings “natural light, airiness and beauty to the facade; this is essentially a piece of art. Each block of this facade is handcrafted by designer Ana Paula Castro…and will be Shipped to the United States.

Commenting on the comment that the previous design was “too modern” for the neighborhood, Gomez said it’s located in other “ultra-modern” homes in the area. She also said the project complies with local elevation limits “on all sides” and features extensive landscaping. The plants on the block are part of what makes Avenida Cresta “one of La Jolla’s great streets” according to DPR Trustee Angelis Lyra.

Gomez said she has met neighbors who support the new development.

“I think we fit in with the street and the style of the new homes in La Jolla,” she said.

Since the new development will be “three times” larger than its predecessor, one of the meeting attendees, Sally Miller, requested a street view showing the planned house as it appears in the context of the neighborhood.

Phil Merten, an architect in La Jolla, noted a “problem” with the height of some walls and whether they comply with local building codes, which he asked the applicant to review.

During Guardian’s deliberations, while DPR Secretary Greg Jackson said he found the new design “extremely interesting,” he also said it was “very substantial.” Given the scale of the development, and especially the facade, was a concern to the council last year, he said he questioned whether the new facade solves that problem and echoed the request for a street montage that includes the proposed development.

Being a trustee and nearby resident, Mike Costello called the design “a very important departure from the character of this neighborhood.”

Others have raised questions about whether encroachment on front yard setbacks is being properly adhered to, and whether pool and landscaping features are wise given California’s ongoing drought.

The applicant agreed to return to a future meeting for additional review and vote. The La Jolla Development Permit Review Committee meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 online. Learn more through lajollacpa.org. ◆

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