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Stark Enterprises (yes, really) has taken another step forward in its effort to replace a Beverly Grove car wash with apartments, with the publication this week of the project's proposed mitigated negative declaration

The five-story development, which would rise at 431 N. La Cienega Boulevard, would offer 72 rental apartments - including studio, one-, and two-bedroom units.  Plans call for setting aside 11 percent of the total apartments as affordable housing at the very-low-income level.

Santa Monica-based KFA Architecture is designing the project, which is being called Solstice.  Renderings show a contemporary low-rise structure.

Stark Enterprises expects to construct the project over the course of 18 months.  A timeline has not been announced.

Solstice was initially planned as a larger six-story building featuring 96 apartments and ground-floor retail space, but was cut down in scale earlier this year.

Rendering of Solstice. Image via LADCP.
Rendering of Solstice. Image via LADCP.
Rendering of Solstice. Image via LADCP.
431 N. La Cienega Boulevard. Image via LADCP.

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