The project approved by City Council this week will include 59 apartment units and ground floor commercial space
original article: https://www.dailynews.com/2019/11/20/tarzanas-crazy-car-wash-falafel-stand-are-coming-down-clearing-the-way-for-housing-businesses/
A customer visits the Crazy Falafel at the Crazy Car Wash at Aura Ave. and Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Demolition is near for the “Crazy Car Wash” and its adjacent falafel shop on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana.
The L.A. City Council approved a density bonus this week for the construction of a mixed-use apartment building in its place.
City leaders gave Yarcob Investment, LLC the green light to demolish the car wash, oil-change center and restaurant at 19336-19360 West Ventura Blvd. to build four stories of 59 residential units and 8,533 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.
The car wash is best known for its dining counterpart, “Crazy Falafel,” an affordable food stand dishing up falafel, kabobs and rotisserie chicken with sides of Lebanese garlic sauce.
The eatery advertises dishes for as little as $3.99 — with marketing help from a cartoon falafel sandwich strapped in a straitjacket. The mini-chain has locations in Granada Hills, Westwood and Montreal.
A future apartment building at the site will include seven residential units for very low income households, the city-required minimum, and 146 subterranean parking spaces.
The project, which Crazy Falafel employees say has been held up for more than a year, was denied by the L.A. City Planning Commission last month. It needed City Council approval to permit a 5-foot landscape buffer in lieu of the 10-foot buffer required by the Ventura/Cahuenga Boulevard Corridor Specific plan.