384-unit apartment building planned for Van Nuys

A large residential complex is in the works in Van Nuys.

Filed by private property owner and car racing businessman Gary Rodrigues, the recent city planning proposal calls for a 384-unit residential complex on the block bound by Aetna Street, Oxnard Street and Van Nuys Boulevard.

Located less than a block from the Orange Line Busway, the proposed structure would have five stories, underground parking and 17,000 square feet of ground floor retail.

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The site includes 16 different addresses on at least two parcels of land — at 6001 and 6059 Van Nuys Boulevard — that Rodrigues purchased in 2010 for over $11.2 million. These two lots measure 117,543 square feet and 56,575 square feet, respectively.

The landowner is requesting a zoning change, according to the city planning case report. Rodrigues, who owns the land beneath auto body shop Valley Motor Center, did not respond to immediate requests for comment.