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Los Angeles-based architecture firm LOHA has announced plans for a new permanent supportive housing development to be built in the Harbor Gateway community.

Isla de Los Angeles, which is being developed by Clifford Beers Housing, would rise from an approximately 18,000-square-foot property located at 283 W. Imperial Highway.  The project site, currently owned by the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, was awarded to Clifford Beers following a request for proposals.

Plans call for a five-story building to be constructed from recycled shipping containers, which would offer apartments for 53 studio apartments for formerly homeless individuals and one manager's unit.  Plans also call for a small amount of commercial space, at-grade parking, and amenities such as a community room and laundry facilities.

According to a staff report from HCID, all units within Isla de Los Angeles will be reserved for persons earning less than 40 percent of less than the area median income - which computes to a maximum of approximately $25,720 per year.  The total project budget is estimated at $21.7 million, including $11.6 million expected from the Measure HHH tax measure that was passed by Los Angeles voters in 2016.  Per unit development costs are approximately $400,000.

A rendering published by LOHA portrays the building with stepped heights, arranged to create outdoor terrace decks for residents.  Potential programming includes a community garden, fitness facilities, and space for a farmer's market.

The project, which does not have an announced timeline yet, would be situated within a half-mile walk of Metro's Harbor Freeway station, which provides a transfer point between the Green Line and the Harbor Transitway.

Isla de Los Angeles is the latest in a series of proposed developments that make use of shipping containers, joining the upcoming Hope on Alvarado apartments in the Westlake area.

 

 

Rendering of Isla de Los Angeles via LOHA
283 W. Imperial Highway. Image via Google Maps.

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