Local developer Thomas Safran & Associates is in the midst of construction for a senior affordable housing complex in Willowbrook, near a busy transfer station between Metro's Blue and Green Lines.

The Gateway at Willowbrook, now rising from a formerly vacant plot at 11737 Wilmington Avenue, will consist of a five-story building featuring 105 income-restricted units.  Plans call for a mixture of one- and two-bedroom floor plans, with rents up to $949 per month.

Renderings displayed on an official website portray a contemporary mid-rise structure adorned with a rooftop clock.

Completion is expected in Winter 2017.

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has recently pushed to reenvision the Willowbrook - Rosa Parks Station, as well as its surrounding properties.  Most notably, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital has reopened as a modern facility, shedding its old moniker of "Killer King."

The Gateway at Willowbrook (Image: Thomas Safran & Associates)
11737 Wilmington Avenue (Image: Google Maps)

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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.

In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit