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At its meeting this week, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission will review nonprofit developer East L.A. Community Corporation's proposal to construct a mixed-use affordable housing complex in El Sereno.

The Rosa de Castilla Apartments, slated for a hillside property at 4208 E. Huntington drive south, calls for replacing a small commercial building with a pair of four-story structures containing 84 rental apartments, 2,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial uses, and basement parking for 68 vehicles.

The project will serve households at the extremely low, very low, and low-income levels, in addition to seniors and disabled veterans.

FSY Architects is designing the low-rise development, which will be clad with metal panels.  It would incorporate a series of open courtyards, as well as a garden and hiking trail built into the hillside at the back of the property.

The Planning Department's staff report recommends that the Commission approve the Rosa de Castilla Apartments, which will require discretionary entitlements including density bonus incentives and a zone variance.

Rendering of the Rosa de Castilla Apartments. Image via LADCP.
Rendering of the Rosa de Castilla Apartments. Image via LADCP.
Rendering of the Rosa de Castilla Apartments. Image via LADCP.
Rosa de Castilla site. Image via Google Maps.

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