Onni Group Switches Up Plans for Glendale Hotel Project, Proposes 858-Unit Residential Project

Onni Group, Glendale, Glendale City Council, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, IBI Group, Onni Marina Shores, Long Beach, Hollywood
Courtesy of Solomon Cordwell Buenz

By Catherine Sweeney

Onni Group is changing up plans for its previously planned hotel project in Glendale. According to a report from Urbanize Los Angeles, the Vancouver-based firm is now planning two apartment towers at the same site. Plans for the updated project were unveiled to the Glendale City Council during a meeting on Nov. 14.

The project site is located at 601 N. Brand Blvd. With new plans, the site would be transformed with the construction of two 36-story towers, comprising 858 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Additionally, the project will accommodate at-grade and subterranean parking for 942 vehicles, alongside approximately 5,600 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Of the total, 129 of the new apartments will be allocated for rent as very low-income affordable housing. This adjustment renders the project eligible for density bonus incentives.

Architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz is spearheading the design of the two towers, which according to the report, would claim the title of the tallest buildings in Glendale at 380 feet. As part of the project design, a number of amenities would be included in the development, such as a public plaza at the intersection of Brand and Sanchez, various co-working spaces, a fitness center, rooftop amenity decks and more.

Prior to the new plans, Onni Group had intended to redevelop the site as an 852-room hotel development. Plans for that project were submitted over three years ago, with IBI Group in charge of project designs. 

The Glendale project is not the only residential project Onni Group has in the works. 

In Long Beach, the company is planning a 600-unit residential project called Onni Marina Shores. The project would be located at 6500 Pacific Coast Highway and would include the construction of two five-story buildings with a range of studio to three-bedroom apartment units. 

The development firm is also planning a 429-unit project at 1360 N Vine St. in Hollywood. The project’s residential portion would sit above a 55,000 square foot grocery store.