The former home of Hollywood Billiards has met with the wrecking ball, clearing the way for the construction of the neighborhood's latest residential-retail complex.

The 1.1-acre property, located at 5750 Hollywood Boulevard, will yield a seven-story building that has been described as a new gateway to East Hollywood.  Plans call for 161 residential units - including 14 for very low income households - above 5,700 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and an underground parking garage for for 271 vehicles and 96 bicycles.

Developer 5750 Hollywood Boulevard, LLC will incorporate numerous unit types into the project, including lofts, studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments.  Additionally, "shopkeeper," units will line a portion of the second floor, providing residences for entrepreneurs with street-fronting businesses below.

Architecture firm Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is designing the podium-type structure, which includes elements that are inspired by Hollywood themes of light and motion.  The facade of metal panels and ceramic tiles will feature alternating patches of black and white, evoking the image of a projector in a dark theater.

Rendering by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE
Rendering by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE
Rendering by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE
Rendering by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

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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.

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