A half-finished building in South Los Angeles that was originally planned as a community center will instead become affordable housing.
Earlier this week, an entity affiliated with the Steve & Sohyun Park Lee Foundation submitted an application to the Department of City Planning to repurpose an incomplete two-story structure at 4501 S. Broadway as 41 units of affordable housing.
City records indicate that architecture firm PQNK is affilliated with the project.
The community center was a project of the non-profit organization People Coordinated Services of Southern California, which first obtained Proposition K funds for its development in June 2009. Though completion was expected within two years, progress stalled when the State of California's budget crisis began, and the State Department of Parks and Recreation ordered a suspension of work.
In 2013, the project was downsized in scope from a three-story structure to the current two-story edifice after bids from all prospective general contractors came in higher than the $4.5 million project budget.
Though the revised scope allowed work to finally begin, PCS encountered several other roadblocks during the course of construction, including the discovery of unanticipated concrete foundation footings on the property and buried trash that necessitated soil remediation.
As of 2016, the building was only 40 percent finished.
- South Park (Urbanize LA)