Jamison looks to build 30-unit apartment complex in Koreatown

Seven-story building would replace a parking lot

Jamison Properties' Jaime Lee and rendering of 544 South Mariposa Avenue, Los Angeles
Jamison Properties' Jaime Lee and rendering of 544 South Mariposa Avenue, Los Angeles (DFH Architects, Lusk.USC.edu)

Jamison Services plans to build a 30-unit apartment building in Koreatown.

The prolific Koreatown-based developer has filed plans to build a seven-story complex at 544 South Mariposa Avenue, Urbanize Los Angeles reported. It would replace a parking lot.

Plans call for using the city’s Transit Oriented Communities incentives to allow for a larger building than zoning rules allow in exchange for three of the apartments to be set aside as affordable for extremely low-income households.

The project, designed by DFH Architects of Santa Monica, would include 30 one- and two-bedroom apartments with a rooftop patio deck. The Cape Cod blue-and-putty building would feature corner balconies with floor-to-ceiling doors and windows.

The project is one of dozens of proposed and under-construction developments Jamison has in Koreatown and beyond.

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In August, the company filed plans to convert the Pierce National Life Building, an office fixture in Koreatown for a half century, into a 13-story apartment building at 3807-3815 Wilshire Boulevard.

Jamison Services is a unit of Jamison Properties, Koreatown’s largest commercial landlord. It owns other office and residential buildings near Wilshire/Western Station, including the Art Deco Wilshire Professional Building. It just broke ground on a 230-unit apartment building next door. 

In June, it won preliminary approval to build a 127-unit mixed-use tower at 626 Kingsley Drive in Koreatown. 

— Dana Bartholomew

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