Next week, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission will review developer Labrea9, LLC's proposal to construct a mixed-use development just south of Wilshire Boulevard.

The project, slated for a .29-acre site at the corner of La Brea Avenue and 9th Street, would consist of a five-story building featuring 40 residential units above 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and underground parking for 60 vehicles.  A total of 4 residential units would be set aside as very low income housing, in exchange for on-menu density bonus incentives.

Los Angeles-based OPEN Architects is designing the proposed development, which would be clad with a mixture of stucco and porcelain tile.

A trio of appeals by nearby residents have objected to the project's height and relative lack of parking, amongst other complaints.  The Planning Department's official recommendation is to uphold the approval of the development.

The project site is located two blocks from the future Wilshire/La Brea Station, which is being constructed as part of Metro's Purple Line extension.  Surrounding developments include similar residential-retail complexes such as the Mansfield and 639 La Brea.

Rendering by OPEN Architects
Rendering by OPEN Architects
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Senior Affordable Housing Opens Near Orange County's Great Park

The two-building development features 157 apartments.

Developers Related California and FivePoint have opened a new affordable housing complex near Irvine's Great Park.  The project, called Luxaira, features 157 residential units catering to low-income seniors.  It is the second senior affordable development to be built in the Great Park neighborhoods by Related, FivePoint, and collaborator RCC Charitage.  To date, more than 500 affordable housing units have been built around the park in four separate projects.