Massachi plans to bring “micro” apartments to West Hollywood

Studios would average 338 sf, while one-bedrooms would average 440 sf

Massachi Industries' Alex Massachi with rendering of 8025 Santa Monica Boulevard
Massachi Industries' Alex Massachi with rendering of 8025 Santa Monica Boulevard (Massachi Industries, OfficeUntitled, Getty)

Massachi Industries wants to build 115 apartments — including micro-sized studios and one-bedrooms — in West Hollywood.

The Beverly Hills-based developer has filed plans to build a seven-story complex at 8025 Santa Monica Boulevard, Urbanize Los Angeles reported. It would replace a shuttered Bank of America branch.

Plans call for 115 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments at Santa Monica and Crescent Heights boulevards. 

The studios and one-bedroom units would come in “micro” floor plans averaging 338 and 440 square feet, respectively. The size of the two-bedroom units wasn’t disclosed.

Sixteen of the apartments would be set aside as affordable housing.

The building would include 3,900 square feet of ground-floor shops and restaurants. A three-level underground garage would serve 115 cars.

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The white complex, designed by OfficeUntitled of Culver City, would include large windows and generous balconies, according to renderings. A rooftop deck would sprout trees. An inner courtyard would contain a pool. Jacarandas would be planted along the sidewalk.

A city staff report applauds the inclusion of micro units within the project, noting that smaller apartments can open the property to renters of different socio-economic backgrounds.

However, the report also says the small size of the apartments would make common and outdoor decks and terraces the effective living rooms for building tenants.

Massachi Industries, led by Alex Massachi, is building a 24-unit apartment building north of Santa Monica Boulevard and Orange Drive, plus a 24-story apartment tower planned north of Hollywood Boulevard, according to Urbanize.

— Dana Bartholomew

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