An L-shaped property located just south of Manchester Avenue in Inglewood is up for redevelopment with housing and commercial space, according to an item considered at a recent meeting of the city's Planning Commission.

View looking north from Kelso StreetJZA Architecture

The proposed project from Los Angeles-based developer Uncommon, slated for a site located next door to Grevillea Art Park at 317 S. La Brea Avenue, is currently improved with two commercial building and surface parking. Plans call for razing those uses, clearing the way for the construction of new four- and eight-story buildings featuring a combined total of 143 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments above 18,000 square feet of commercial uses and parking for 224 vehicles.

Requested project entitlements include density bonuses permitting waivers from certain zoning rules. In exchange, the City of Inglewood would require that 18 of the new apartments be set aside for rent as affordable housing.

JZA Architecture is designing 317 La Brea, which would also include two courtyards, a rooftop pool deck, and various interior recreation rooms. Planned finishes include stucco and fiber-cement panels.

View looking northeast from Kelso StreetJZA Architecture

"The project seeks to link together important nodes within the downtown Inglewood fabric, including Inglewood High School and Grevillea Art Park to the west, the Inglewood Transit Center and Market Street to the East, and La Brea Boulevard, Inglewood’s predominant thoroughfare to the North and South," reads a narrative from the JZA website, which also points to a groundbreaking date for the project in August 2024.

Construction, when it occurs, would be conducted in two phases, beginning with the smaller four-story, 31-unit development at 100 E. Nutwood Street to the west, and followed by the larger eight-story, 112-unit building fronting La Brea to the east.

The project site is located a few blocks south of the intersection of La Brea and Florence Avenue, where two projects have brought nearly 400 apartments to sites within walking distance of the K Line. The Frank Gehry-designed home of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles has also made its debut nearby in a converted bank building.

317 S. La Brea AvenueGoogle Maps

Uncommon is cooking up plans for a number of similar mixed-use projects across Los Angeles County, including two buildings on Beverly Boulevard in Beverly Grove and Fairfax, and another on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

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