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Palisades, a local real estate development firm, has started construction for a mixed-income apartment complex in the City of West Hollywood.

The project, which held its official groundbreaking ceremony this morning, replaces a handful of smaller buildings with a five-story development that will contain 53 dwelling units - including 12 for low- and moderate-income households.

R&A Architecture + Design is designing the mid-rise structure, which will consist of four buildings connected by a series of pedestrian bridges and walkways around a cluster of internal courtyards.  The project takes inspiration from the work of Irving Gill, the architect behind West Hollywood's lost Dodge House on Kings Road.

“We took our massing and design cues from now often overlooked local masterpieces of courtyard housing and the climate-sensitive designs pioneered by Irving Gill. He was before his time understanding the appeal of natural ventilation and outdoor living,” says Christian Robert, co-founder of R&A Architecture + Design. “We reinterpreted those same principles to create a building that is authentic to West Hollywood and of our time. We are proud to see this design emerge as a model for affordable living in a dense urban environment by respecting the traditional scale, beauty and voice of the neighborhood that surrounds it.”

Plans call for a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings, as well as amenities such as a rooftop pool deck, co-working space, and a club room.

Completion is anticipated in 2020.

Palisades, which is based out of Los Angeles, has built several eye-catching residential projects across Southern California, including a the Gardenhouse development in Beverly Hills and the AIRE condos in Santa Monica.  The company is also behind plans to construct a high-rise hotel and residential development around the former Metropolitan Water District campus on Sunset Boulevard.

Rendering of 1250 Fairfax. Image courtesy of R&A Architecture + Design.
The groundbreaking ceremony for 1250 Fairfax. Image courtesy of Palisades.
Massing development narrative for 1250 Fairfax. Image courtesy of Palisades.
Concept renderings of 1250 Fairfax. Image courtesy of Palisades.
Illustrative site plan for 1250 Fairfax. Image courtesy of Palisades.