In Echo Park, two single-family homes just south of the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street have made way for a new apartment building

Excavation for an underground parking garage is now in progress at 916-917 N. Alvarado Street, where Los Angeles-based Schon Tepler Group has received approvals to construct a four-story, 27-unit apartment building with approximately 200 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and parking for 23 vehicles.

The project, which was entitled with Transit Oriented Communities incentives, will consist of micro-unit apartments averaging less than 400 square feet in size.  Three apartments would be set aside as affordable housing, in exchange for relief from certain zoning restrictions.

Architects Sammie Tabrizi is designing the low-rise building, which will be capped by a rooftop amenity deck.

Schon Tepler is developing similar mixed-use buildings in Arlington Heights, Eagle Rock, and Westlake.