Housing is back on the table for a Skid Row property once slated for micro-unit apartments.
Yesterday, the Coalition for Responsible Community Development filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to convert three buildings at 803-821 E. 5th Street into 95 apartments - including one manager's unit and 94 extremely low-income affordable units. Plans call for apartments ranging from 241 to 609 square feet in size, as well as approximately 16,000 square feet of commercial space.
The proposed development would require a zoning administrator's adjustment to allow for units smaller than 450 square feet in size.
The project includes a three-story structure at the corner of 5th Street and Stanford Avenue, was built in 1911 as a hotel to serve patrons of the now defunct Southern Pacific Railroad terminal on Central Avenue. The other two buildings, completed in the early 1970s, once served as a Salvation Army rehabilitation facility.
In 2015, a prior owner of 803-821 E. 5th Street had proposed converting all three buildings, as well as a neighboring structure, into 160 micro-unit apartments. However, that project was formally abandoned by 2016, and the buildings were sold by 2017.
The Coalition for Responsible Community Development is also partnering on a permanent supportive housing project that broke ground last month in South Los Angeles.
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