An auto repair garage is South Los Angeles may have a date with the wrecking ball, and a new affordable housing complex is set to rise its place.

Earlier today, plans were filed with the City of Los Angeles to construct a 51-unit apartment complex at 432 E. Florence Avenue.  The project would include a manager's apartment, as well as 50 units set aside for extremely low income households - those making 30 percent or less than the Los Angeles area median income.

Though modest in scale, the project is notable as it appears to be the first to take advantage of the City of Los Angeles' Transit Oriented Communities Guidelines, which were officially adopted in September.  The program - mandated by Measure JJJ - is intended to spur affordable housing production through development incentives.

Specific incentives requested for the Florence Avenue project - which is located in a Tier 3 zone - are relief from yard setback requirements and an additional 11 feet of height.  The Tier 3 zone also allows for parking reductions and increases in density and floor area.


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Mixed-Use Development Planned Near Laguna Niguel Metrolink Station

The project is part of the city's Gateway District.

The Laguna Niguel Planning Commission has approved a mixed-use development near the city's Metrolink Station.  The joint venture between Blackwood Real Estate and Walbern, located near the intersection of Crown Valley Parkway and Forbes Road, will consist of 100 two- and three-bedroom apartments in a seven-story building.  Plans also call for 2,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space, as well as a pool courtyard, a fitness center, a private garden, and a sky deck.