Skip to Content

Joint Development - North Hollywood Station

Fact Sheet

The North Hollywood (NoHo) Station is at the intersection of the Red and Orange Lines, a major transit hub in the San Fernando Valley, and Metro’s third busiest station with over 28,000 daily boardings. Metro owns 15.6 acres surrounding the Station which include the Orange Line turnaround, a local bus plaza and 950 transit parking spaces. At the heart of the rapidly developing NoHo Arts District, the site has the potential to be a transformative center for the area and an iconic example of the Transit Oriented Community (TOC) approach to development.

Metro is in an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with developer Trammell Crow Company, to design a vision for a new integrated transit center, a central square and community gathering space tying together the West and East sides of Lankershim Boulevard, replacement transit parking in a structure, and a new mixed-use development that would transform the area. Learn more at nohosnextact.com

Site and Program:

June 2017

Metro entered into an Exclusive Negotiation and Planning Agreement (ENA) with developer team Trammell Crow Company/Greenland. Greenland withdrew participation in joint development. Metro continued on with Trammell Crow Company.

July 2016 - May 2017

Developer team shaped project to meet needs identified in the Guide for Development and accommodate transit infrastructure.

June 2016

Metro entered into a Short Term ENA with developer team Trammell Crow Company/Greenland

April 2016

Metro received one proposal submitted jointly by short-listed developers Trammell Crow Company and Greenland USA.

December 2015

Metro released a Request for Proposals (RFP), which included the Guide for Development.

November 2015

Metro developed a Guide for Development for the North Hollywood site based on community input. Metro Board adopted the Guide at its December meeting.

Fall 2015

Metro Joint Development team undertook a community outreach process that included meetings with local stakeholders, residents, business property owners, community organizations, and public agencies as well as two public workshops.

March 2015

Metro released a Request for Interests and Qualifications (RFIQ) to create a short list of developers for the North Hollywood site.


The G Line (Orange) terminus at the North Hollywood Station, west of Lankershim Blvd., opened in October 2005 with the G Line (Orange). The terminus at that time was designed to support approximately 4,000 passengers per day. Today, more than 7,000 passengers pass through the terminus, and, with the completion of the Metro G Line Improvements Project , ridership is anticipated to increase by 39 percent. In addition, the site will be experiencing increased layover activity to accommodate electric bus charging. The NoHo Joint Development Project will expand transit facilities at the terminus and include:

  • Additional discharge, boarding and layover bays for the G Line (Orange) and future bus rapid transit services
  • New bays for local/regional buses
  • Electric bus charging facilities
  • An expanded portal to the underground B Line (Red) station
  • Abundant trees and shade structures
  • Enhanced lighting and next bus/train messaging.


Development Guidelines and Recent Outreach

In the Fall of 2015, Metro hosted a series of focus groups and community meetings to hear from local stakeholders about their thoughts for future development at the NoHo Station. Based on the feedback received , the Metro Board adopted a Guide for Development for the NoHo Station that specifies standards and guidelines for development on the site to ensure that the project meets Metro and community goals.

The success of the NoHo Joint Development is driven by the collaboration with community stakeholders throughout the project visioning and design process. Over the past two years, TCLA and Metro have been busy reaching out to the NoHo community by holding open houses, participating in community meetings and events, and hosting more informal community breakfasts and “office hours” to answer questions about the project, provide updates on our progress, and solicit community input.

Stay Involved!

Our partnership with the community is ongoing. We encourage those interested to get involved in the project by visiting the District NoHo website . There you can provide feedback to the developer, stay informed about upcoming events and project milestones, show your support for the vision, and spread the word about the project. Going forward, the developer will be hosting a series of community meetings to discuss their proposal for the site. Stay up to date on upcoming outreach meetings and workshops by joining the email list through the District NoHo website or Metro’s Joint Development Mailing List .

You can also share your thoughts with Metro directly by using the online comment form below or by sending us an email at lawsonw@metro.net to tell us what you would like to see at NoHo Station.

Fill out my online form .


The City's Environmental Review Process for District NoHo has Begun!

  • The City of Los Angeles has taken the first step toward environmental review of the proposed joint development project. An Environmental Impact Report will be prepared and is an assessment of the potential environmental impacts of the Project. The City has released a Notice of Preparation and an Initial Study for the Project. These may be accessed on the City's website.
  • The City of Los Angeles will conduct two virtual public scoping meetings in July, one to be conducted in English and another in Spanish, to enable public participation in the environmental review process while maintaining safety, and compliance with local, state and federal regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Please visit the City's website for all the details regarding dates and times.
  • NoHo’s Next Act Website: TCLA’s website profiles the ingenuity of the NoHo Community by showing how “Neighbors Play Their Part” in shorts honoring community businesses and residents.
  • Ongoing Community Outreach: TCLA will continue to meet with small groups, individuals, and neighborhood organizations to gather feedback and answer questions about project plans.

Project History

December 2019

The development team submitted the entitlement application to the City of Los Angeles.

December 2019

The Metro Board approved ENA extension to June 2021, providing additional time to complete CEQA review and entitlement approval.

Summer 2019

Metro and TCLA hosted a series of monthly Breakfasts and an Open House to allow stakeholders to get more information, speak one-on-one with project team members, and provide additional comments.

June 2017

Metro entered into an ENA with developer team Trammell Crow Company/Greenland. Greenland withdrew participation in joint development. Metro continued on with TCLA.

July 2016 - May 2017

Developer team shaped project to meet needs identified in the Guide for Development and accommodate transit infrastructure.

June 2016

Metro entered into a Short Term ENA with developer team Trammell Crow Company/Greenland

April 2016

Metro received one proposal submitted jointly by short-listed developers Trammell Crow Company and Greenland USA.

December 2015

Metro released a Request for Proposals (RFP), which included the Guide for Development.

November 2015

Metro developed a Guide for Development for the North Hollywood site based on community input. Metro Board adopted the Guide at its December meeting.

Fall 2015

Metro Joint Development team undertook a community outreach process that included meetings with local stakeholders, residents, business property owners, community organizations, and public agencies as well as two public workshops.

March 2015

Metro released a Request for Interests and Qualifications (RFIQ) to create a short list of developers for the North Hollywood site.


North Hollywood Station Joint Development Frequently Asked Questions

LOCATION

Where is the site? What parcels of land are part of the North Hollywood (NoHo) Station site?

The NoHo Station site includes the end stations of both Metro Red and Metro Orange Lines near Lankershim and Chandler Boulevards in Los Angeles, California. Metro owns 15.6 acres around the station that make up the total NoHo Station site.

TRANSIT

Will this development prevent a potential conversion of the Orange Line from bus rapid transit (BRT) to light rail (LRT)?

No – Metro’s Engineering & Construction staff will coordinate with the selected developer team to ensure that the development does not prevent the option of LRT conversion and other enhancements to the Metro system.

What’s happening to the parking?

Transit parking will be accommodated as part of the development project.  Metro has recently implemented a Paid Parking Pilot Program and is in the process of assessing the demand for parking at the station. Ample parking will be provided to accommodate the new development to avoid the need to park in surrounding neighborhoods. Where possible, shared parking, unbundled parking, and parking guidance systems will be implemented.

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

Who is involved?

Metro owns the land at the NoHo Station site. The City of Los Angeles has regulatory control over the land use for the site. In order for Joint Development to occur, the project must secure environmental approvals and entitlements from the City of Los Angeles. Then the Metro Board must approve a Joint Development Agreement and long-term ground lease for the site. Metro Joint Development staff will work with the community, the developer, and the Metro Board to guide and deliver a development project that meets the community needs and Metro’s Joint Development Policy objectives.

Who is the developer?

The developer for the NoHo Station site is Trammell Crow Company (TCC), one of the nation’s oldest developers of and investors in commercial real estate. TCC was selected through the Request for Proposals (RFP) process after being identified as the developer with the best design, strongest financial feasibility, and best conformance to the Development Guidelines and goals and policies of the Metro Board.

What will be developed on the site?

Because we are in the early stages of the design process for the North Hollywood site, this is yet to be finalized. The current development proposal may be found here. Metro completed a Guide for Development in November 2015, following an outreach process in fall 2015 that involved meetings and discussions with community residents and organizations, businesses and property owners, and public agencies. This Guide reflects the goals, concerns, and ideas Metro heard from participants as well as the land use regulations from the City of Los Angeles, and is used to inform and shape development proposals for the North Hollywood site.

Based on the Guide, the project will integrate transit into the surrounding communities with compact, walkable, bikeable places in a community context. The project will create office, retail, transportation, and residential improvements, including affordable housing.

PROCESS & TIMETABLE

When will the development project be done?

The project schedule is subject to the developer’s timeframe. A typical joint development process takes an estimated 5 years from start of the process to construction completion.  More information on the Joint Development timeline is available here .

What are major milestones in the process?

  • Guide for Development: Developed with input from the community, the Guide for Development was presented to the Metro Board on 11/18/15 and 12/3/15 by Joint Development Staff for review and approval.
  • Request for Proposals (RFP): The Board approved the Guide for Development at the December Board meeting. The RFP for the NoHo Station Site was released on December 4, 2015.
  • Exclusive Negotiations Agreement (ENA): The Metro Board approved an Exclusive Negotiations and Planning Agreement (ENA) with Trammell Crow Company at the May 2017 Board meeting. An ENA means that Metro will be negotiating project terms only with the selected Developer.
  • Joint Development Agreement and Ground Lease: During the course of the ENA, Metro and TCC will negotiate financial terms for a long-term lease arrangement and TCC will refine the project concept and seek entitlements, with input from community stakeholders. At the end of the ENA phase, the Metro Join Development team will present the negotiated terms to the Metro Board for consideration. If the Board approves the terms, Metro will enter into a Joint Development Agreement and eventually a Ground Lease with TCC.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

How can I get involved? What are you doing for community engagement?

Metro hosted community meetings in September and October 2015. During this outreach process, Metro heard from local stakeholders about their thoughts for future development at NoHo Station. You can see a summary of the comments from that initial outreach here and the presentations from the community workshops here. Metro also held a community meeting in April 2017 to re-introduce the project and provide an update on the progress thus far. While this initial outreach process is now over, we are happy to take public comment through our online comment form. You can also reach us by emailing jointdevelopment@metro.net .

The Developer is required to develop a Community Outreach Plan as part of their Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA). Like any new development project in Los Angeles, the proposed development for the NoHo site will be evaluated for potential environmental impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act. Community input is required during this process.

How do I stay informed?

  • E-blasts: Metro’s JD team will keep an updated stakeholder list and apprise interested parties/individuals of upcoming meetings about the development. This includes public meetings, such as those held by the Metro Board and/or City Planning Commission, and outreach-specific meetings focused on project development. Sign up for our mailing list here .
  • Project Webpage: Metro’s project webpage will have regular updates on the project as it develops.
  • Metro staff: Metro staff is available to answer questions on the project or attend meetings to update larger groups of stakeholders. Please contact us at lawsonw@metro.net .