Buildings on major thoroughfares in the Loyola Village section of Westchester will now follow new community-friendly design standards approved by the Los Angeles City Council.

Several years in the making, the Loyola Village Community Design Overlay (CDO) district will improve and standardize storefront design, building orientation, landscaping, and signage fronting Lincoln Boulevard between Westchester Parkway to just north of 83rd Street, and those parcels fronting Manchester Avenue between Rayford Drive and Fordham Road, City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said.

“These design standards came from the community and reflect the people’s vision,” Rosendahl said. “These planning tools will allow for the development cohesive, commercial and residential, pedestrian-friendly boulevards.”

The CDOs will require new guidelines for future developments including that new buildings must be constructed closer to street curbs; parking lot locations must be constructed away from the sidewalk and towards the rear or underneath the building structure; and new parking structures must contain ground floor retail.

Other guidelines are that a building’s main entrance must open onto the major street on which it is located; 60 percent of a new store front configuration must consist of windows; and upper floors should have articulated designs such as columns.

Similar standards were approved for downtown Westchester along Sepulveda Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard in Venice last year. Maps and guidelines of the CDOs can be viewed at http://cityplanning.lacity.org/.

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