Connecting the Past with the Present & Celebrating the Future
The Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon Project is an investment in the Church's future to enhance its facilities, create new, contemporary market-rate and affordable housing to ensure its future, and preserve its historical Cathedral.
The Church will preserve and rehabilitate its Cathedral, which was constructed in 1937, for its congregation and the community. Since the 1960s, this neighborhood landmark has been associated with Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon, a Maronite Catholic congregation with cultural ties to Lebanese and other Middle Eastern Communities and anyone who wishes to worship in this unique and beautiful Liturgy.
New market-rate and affordable apartments designed with generous outdoor space and modern amenities will be provided in a residential tower within walking distance of retail services, public transit and job centers in the Beverly Grove neighborhood.
The project will re-energize the 82-year-old campus with new residences and Church facilities, anchored by the rehabilitated Cathedral. Extensive green streetscape improvements are planned in and around the site, promoting better connections to the surrounding community.
The property has been owned and occupied for more than 50 years by the Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Maronite Catholic Cathedral. The Cathedral Parish is the See of the Bishop and home of the Cathedral Clergy. As part of the West L.A. community, the Church regularly participates in charitable efforts and provides ongoing services for children, the elderly and families in need. It actively engages with its youth and seniors by hosting social events and religious activities including summer camp, museum visits and other cultural outings, weekend trips, parish retreats, and monthly dinners, among others. The Project will help further the Church’s mission of care, enabling it to reinvest in its ministry programs and continue to serve the community at large.
The design collaboration between the Church, Nadel Architecture + Planning and Architectural Resources Group was organized around the principle of a contemporary design that would draw inspiration from the Church’s vibrant history. The retention and rehabilitation of the Cathedral, which will remain part of the community’s built environment for years to come, was critical to this effort. To reinforce this aspiration, the new residential tower and Church facilities were angled to match the Cathedral’s historical axis, creating in-between spaces that step down in height to harmonize with the scale of the adjacent residential architecture and are transformed into landscaped recreation decks, plazas, and gardens. These elements come together to create a modern architecture design statement inspired by tradition and firmly rooted in the community. The project also features state-of-the-art, highly efficient water conservation and renewable energy systems, in compliance with the Los Angeles Green Building Code.
The project represents a significant investment in the community. It consists of market-rate and affordable rental units, new Church facilities, including meeting rooms, a multi-purpose room and office space, the rehabilitated Cathedral and underground parking. The site is conveniently located near the 3rd Street commercial district.
Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon, a Maronite Catholic congregation established in 1923, moved to the current location in 1966 becoming the first such church in the area. It is dedicated to serving the pastoral needs of its members and promoting an understanding of the Maronite Catholic faith among parishioners and the extended community. Its ministries provide opportunities to learn about the Church and participate in parish activities, including Bible Study, Church picnics, beach outings, spiritual retreats and its annual American Lebanese Cultural Festival.
The project will realize the Church’s vision for the property, ensuring its future viability and continuing its spiritual legacy.
Mt. Lebanon's Church leadership chose three design firms and a construction manager to work together on the project. The restoration of the existing Cathedral will be overseen by the Architectural Resources Group (ARG), a multiple-award winning historic preservation architecture and planning firm.
Nadel Architecture + Planning, headquartered in Los Angeles and ranked a top architectural firm in the U.S., provided the architectural design services and completed the schematic drawings for the project.
LRM Landscape Architecture, a Los Angeles based company with more than 40 years of design experience, created the landscape and hardscape design for the extensive green open space.
Morillo Construction, Inc., based in Pasadena, is a full-service general building and general engineering company with more than 40 years of experience. Working closely with the design firms and the entitlement consultants, Morillo is the Owner’s Authorized Representative providing the Construction Project Management Services.
The Church campus is located in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is located at the northwest intersection of W. Burton Way and S. San Vicente Boulevard, east of Holt Avenue and south of 3rd Street.
The property is surrounded by an 11-story condominium building, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Beverly Center shopping center to the north, multi-story apartment complexes to the south and west, and commercial mixed-use development to the immediate east.
The zoning designation is [Q]R4-1-0, with a land use designation of High Medium Residential. The City’s current zoning regulations allow existing church uses and the proposed residential building with no height limitations.
Yes. The project will be consistent with the policies and objectives of the Wilshire Community Plan.
A comprehensive environmental impact report will be prepared for the project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and available for public review.
The following entitlements are needed to permit the proposed project:
The Church needs to provide new facilities to better serve its growing congregation and ensure its long-term viability. The residential development of the property will allow the Church to generate the revenue necessary for its ministry services and parish for years to come.
Cars will enter and exit from the alley on the northside of the property between Holt Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard. Vehicles will not be allowed to access the project from Holt Avenue, San Vicente Boulevard or Burton Way.
Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon will operate the Church facilities and an outside management company will oversee the day-to-day operations of the apartment building.
Construction is estimated to begin in 2021, after the entitlement/permit process is complete.
The project is an investment in our community to create quality, market-rate and affordable housing in a transit friendly, walkable area. It will preserve and enhance the historically significant Cathedral, while providing new facilities to serve our parishioners. The project design will enhance the streetscape and encourage pedestrian activity.
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