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In Koreatown, a pair of dated retail complexes at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Catalina Street have made way for new mixed-use developments.

M Apartments + M Plaza

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At the northeast corner of the intersection, construction is underway for the M Apartments and M Plaza.  The project fronts Olympic Boulevard with at three-story structure featuring 35,000 square feet of retail space, outdoor seating and underground parking for 100 vehicles.  Immediately north along Catalina, construction is also underway for a related five-story building that will feature 14 apartments and two levels of basement parking.

Architecture firm Grace Partnership is designing both buildings.

Manhee Manor

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Across the street, developer Manhee Properties has completed vertical construction at the low-rise Manhee Manor project.

The five-story building, designed by Samwon Design Inc., will contain 70 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as 5,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space and parking for 115 vehicles.

Completion is expected in 2018.

Highland Park Senior Housing Project Faces Appeal

Plans call for a three-story building with 17 residential units.
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This week, the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission will take up an appeal of the St. Mary Senior Citizen Housing Project, a proposed senior apartment building in Highland Park. The project, the applicant for which is listed as the Presiding priest of the Holy Virgin Mary, calls for the construction of a three-story, 17-unit development at 767 N. Avenue 50.