A document submitted last month to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors offers a first look at the proposed mixed-use development which would serve as the new home of the Florence Library.

The project, which is being undertaken by AMCAL Multi-Housing, calls for razing the current library and an adjacent commercial structure, which span across a one-acre site at 1600-1616 E. Florence Avenue.  Afterwards, plans call for the construction of a five-story building on the property, featuring 116 units of senior affordable housing.  The library would be relocated into a 10,000-square-foot space within the building's ground floor.

Plans call for a mixture of one- and two-bedroom dwellings, set aside for persons at the low and very-low income levels.  The project would also include 98 parking spaces for use by residents and library patrons, as well as amenities such as a a courtyard, a fitness center and a community room.

VTBS Architects is designing the podium-type building, which would be clad with materials including two-tone thin brick, plaster, fiber cement plank siding and aluminum.

A budget and timeline have not been announced for the project, which would rise one block west of the Blue Line's Florence Station.

A similar senior affordable housing complex is also taking shape near Willowbrook Station.

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Proposed Weingart Center Towers Take a Step Forward

The Downtown nonprofit hopes to build high-rise affordable housing at 6th and San Pedro.

In early 2017, the Weingart Center for the Homeless filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to construct new affordable housing on two sites at the intersection of 6th and San Pedro Streets in Downtown Los Angeles.  That project has taken a key step forward, with the publication of an environmental report by the Department of City Planning