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Nonprofit developer West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation is moving forward with plans for a $65-million affordable housing complex in Pico Union, per a notice from the City of Los Angeles.

On a property near the corner of Pico Boulevard and Westmoreland Avenue, WHCHC has proposed Westmore Linden, a 93-unit apartment complex catering to low and very low income seniors.  Plans call for a mixture of studio, one- and two-bedroom dwellings, in addition to amenities such as a fitness center and social service offices.  

The L-shaped development, designed by Urban Architecture Lab, would feature a three-story mass along Westmoreland and a taller seven-story frame fronting Pico.  A podium-top courtyard at the center of the building would offer green space and outdoor seating for residents.

On an adjacent parking lot fronting Elden Avenue, WHCHC is planning a second phase of the project known as Elden Elms, which feature an additional 93 residential units.  Plans call for a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, in addition to a community room, a fitness center and social services offices.  The seven-story building would set aside 20 percent of its units as permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless, while the remainder would be reserved for low and very low income families.  

Elden Elms - also designed by Urban Architecture Lab - is portrayed with a similar aesthetic to the adjacent Westmore Linden development.

A timeline for the two developments is currently unclear, although previous reports indicate that WHCHC could complete the first phase of the project in 2018.

Rendering of Westmore Linden (Image: Urban Architecture Lab)
Rendering of Westmore Linden (Image: Urban Architecture Lab)
Rendering of Westmore Linden (Image: Urban Architecture Lab)
Rendering of Elden Elms (Image: Urban Architecture Lab)
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