A surface parking lot near Metro's Vermont/Beverly Station could be redeveloped with affordable housing, according to a motion introduced last week by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell.

Flexible PSH Solutions, Inc. is pursuing the development of a mixed-use project called Enlightenment Plaza, consisting of affordable housing and a social services center at 316 N. Juanita Avenue.  According to an applicant submitted to the City of Los Angeles for the use of Measure HHH permanent supportive housing funds, the project would provide 101 residential units.

O'Farrell's motion directs multiple city departments to draft a report recommending that all remaining CRA/LA excess bond proceeds available to the 13th Council District be directed to Flexible PSH Solutions for the purpose of public infrastructure improvements, property acquisition, architectural services, permit fees, and construction.

The motion was approved yesterday by the City Council's Economic Development Committee.

One block east of the Enlightenment Plaza site, construction continues the PATH Metro Villas development, a similar permanent supportive housing complex on Madison Avenue.  The first phase of the project opened earlier this year.

Approximately 49 affordable units are also planned within a large mixed-use development at 200 N. Vermont Avenue, one block west of the Enlightenment Plaza site.

Interested in finding affordable housing? Visit housing.lacity.org.