Affordable housing project proposed for Westlake

At least 20 percent of its 76 units would be designated as affordable

May.May 18, 2016 10:30 AM

Westlake may be getting an injection of affordable housing.

Nonprofit real estate firm Deep Green Housing has proposed building a 45,000-square-foot, 76-unit apartment complex at 1307 West 7th Street, according to documents from City Planning.

Dubbed the 7th and Witmer Project, the six-story structure would include 6,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor in addition to the residential units, Urbanize reported. 

A certain number of units, comprising studios and one-bedroom homes, would be designated for very low income households, thereby qualifying the project for density bonus incentives. Under Los Angeles zoning codes, a development can get a special permit to exceed the maximum residential density for a neighborhood if a certain number of units are designated affordable.

Deep Green Housing requested a 35 percent density bonus, meaning at least 20 percent of the units would be low income.

The overall complex would feature two courtyards and a roof deck. Hatch Colasuonno + Relativity Architects has been tapped to design the project. Construction is slated for completion in 2018, and would last about 18 months.

Deep Green Housing could not be reached for comment. [Urbanize]Cathaleen Chen

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