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A New Look for a Ventura Boulevard Corner in Sherman Oaks

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A proposed development surrounding a redesigned Ralphs (making it into a Fresh Fare) in Sherman Oaks looks like it's coming closer to reality. At issue for those opposing the project was the height. The city's specific plan for the area (.pdf) says buildings should be no more than 30 feet, but Ralphs wanted it up to 48 feet. Looks like 11 feet of that height has been chopped.

"After working with the Council Office and responding to the concerns from a small group of community members, the proposed Ralphs Fresh Fare in Sherman Oaks has figured out a way to lower the height on Ventura Blvd," a spokesperson said in an e-mail.

As the Ralphs in-house blog notes, they were "able to bring down the average height of the building along Ventura Blvd to below 30 ft" (the keyword is "average").

The new height will be discussed at a July 19th hearing.

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And there's still no official word on the possible rumored closure of the Ralphs Fresh Fare a little over a mile away at Coldwater Canyon and Ventura.