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Children’s retailer plans 8-story apartment building in Westlake

Planning documents call for 47 units and ground floor commercial space
By Cathaleen Chen | August 23, 2016 01:15PM

MacArthur Park in Westlake

MacArthur Park in Westlake

An eight-story, 47-unit apartment complex is in the works in the heart of Westlake.

Plans recently submitted to city planning call for a “mixed-use” structure, but it sounds mostly residential: Only 760 square feet of ground floor space will be reserved for commercial use. Among the residential units, four would be reserved for very low-income households.

The developer is Daniel Kim, through an LLC affiliated with the kids’ clothing store Just Kids on South San Pedro Street. His wife confirmed his ownership with The Real Deal.

The site of the would-be development — 1322 West Maryland Street — is currently an empty lot, according to CoStar. Kim acquired it for under $2.1 million in October 2015. The 8,111-square-foot parcel is zoned for residential usage, property records show.

Los Angeles-based firm The Code Solution is designing the project, as well as representing the owner in the entitlement process.