Atlas Capital can build 725-unit Chinatown complex as fully market-rate

The vote of the full City Council comes despite city’s push for more affordable housing
March 26, 2019 03:00PM

Council member Gil Cedillo and a College Station affordable housing rendering

Atlas Capital can build its 725-unit residential complex in Chinatown as fully market-rate over the objections of some community residents who argued for more affordable housing.

The City Council unanimously approved the market-rate construction for College Station development, according to Curbed. The decision comes amid Los Angeles’ push for more affordable housing.

The seven-story project is set to rise on a vacant 5.7-acre lot at 924 N. Spring Street, across from the Chinatown Gold Line station. It was designed by Johnson Fain, and will include 51,600 square feet of retail space.

When the city planning commission initially reviewed the project, it recommended approval as long as 37 of the units were designated as affordable.

But Councilman Gil Cedillo, whose district includes Chinatown, told a Council committee he supported the project as entirely market-rate. He noted his district recently added more than 650 units of supportive housing to the pipeline.

The Council committee reversed the decision, and the full Council supported that move. Atlas will contribute $2 million for affordable housing elsewhere in L.A., and an additional $500,000 over 10 years to cover a rent increase at the Metro@Chinatown Senior Lofts project, according to reports. [Curbed]Gregory Cornfield