Orion Capital gets early OK for 18 units in Adams-Normandie

Six-story building would require demolishing a 128-year-old house

A rendering of 1317 West Jefferson Boulevard (Getty, JPark Architects)
A rendering of 1317 West Jefferson Boulevard (Getty, JPark Architects)

Orion Capital has moved forward with plans to tear down a 128-year-old house in Adams-Normandie to build an 18-unit apartment complex.

The West Los Angeles-based developer was given a green light from the city’s Planning Commission to build the six-story building at 1317 West Jefferson Boulevard, Urbanize Los Angeles reported. A single-story house, built in 1895, would be destroyed.

Plans call for 18 studio, two- and three-bedroom apartments above a parking garage for eight cars.

The developer would use density bonus incentives to permit a taller building than allowed by zoning rules in exchange for three affordable apartments set aside for very low-income households. 

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The project, designed by JPark Architects of Koreatown, would be sheathed in white, gray and black stucco, with a brick facade on the first and second floors out front. It will include a rooftop patio and a third-floor community room.

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The project would tower over the two-story commercial buildings on either side, though the neighborhood is growing upwards. Across the street, Prime Place is now building a five-story, 130-unit apartment complex.

Orion Capital, led by Charles Kim, has built housing projects near USC and currently is building a mixed-use 46-unit complex near Adams Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.  It just finished a 15-unit mixed-use complex next to Metro’s Expo/Vermont Station.

— Dana Bartholomew