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An upcoming presentation to the L.A. City Planning Commission offers a first look at a new live/work development proposed along the west bank of the Los Angeles River.

Uncommon Developers, a Los Angeles-based firm best known for a campus project in Chatsworth, filed plans in 2017 to construct a 52-unit development at 1901 W. Blake Avenue in Frogtown. The project would price five units for very-low-income households, and also provide 58 parking spaces in a subterranean garage.

Santa Monica-based KFA Architecture is designing the proposed development, which would consist of two connected three-story buildings with a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments.  A central courtyard would run between the buildings, which would be connected above by bridges.  Other open spaces would include a 5,500-square-foot landscaped courtyard and an indoor community room, as well as public and private roof decks.

A design narrative included with the presentation states that it "borrows from the vernacular of vintage industrial buildings," while incorporating residential design features, including shading devices and landscaping.

A staff report recommends that the Commission approve Uncommon's project.

The Blake Avenue apartments join a handful of similar residential developments that have recently come to Frogtown, including a pair of mixed-use projects with offices, homes, and retail.

The project site is also located close to a new pedestrian bridge across the L.A. River that is set to begin construction this usmmer.

Rendering of 1901 Blake Avenue. Image via LADCP.
Rendering of 1901 Blake Avenue. Image via LADCP.
Rendering of 1901 Blake Avenue. Image via LADCP.
Rendering of 1901 Blake Avenue. Image via LADCP.
Rendering of 1901 Blake Avenue. Image via LADCP.
1901 Blake Avenue. Image via Google Maps.