Midway between the K Line's Leimert Park and Hyde Park Stations, a pair of multifamily residential buildings are starting to take shape on two corner lots at the intersection of 52nd Street and Crenshaw Boulevard.

The first project, which comes from prolific South Los Angeles developer Haroni Investments, is now rising from a site located at 5144 S. Crenshaw Boulevard. The new five-story building is slated to feature 78 one- and two-bedroom apartments atop approximately 3,400 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and semi-subterranean parking for 64 vehicles.

View looking west from 52nd StreetUrbanize LA

Project entitlements include Transit Oriented Communities incentives, allowing greater density and height than permitted by zoning rules. In exchange, eight of the new apartments will be set aside as deed-restricted affordable housing at the extremely low-income level for a period of 55 years.

John Kaliski Architects is designing 5144 Crenshaw, which is depicted in plans as a contemporary podium-type building with a rooftop terrace and a central courtyard.

South across the street at 5300 S. Crenshaw Boulevard, wood framing is also rising for a new mixed-use project from SoLa Impact.

The development, which began work in late 2022 on the former site of a shuttered laundromat, will consist of a similar five-story building featuring 82 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments above 1,800 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Parking for 41 vehicles would be located at-grade and in one subterranean level.

Rendering of 5300 S Crenshaw BoulevardBFK Architecture + Planning

As with its neighbor to the north, the project was entitled using Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a larger building than otherwise allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, nine apartments are to be set aside for rent as extremely low-income affordable housing.

BFK Architecture + Planning is designing the apartment complex, according to city records. Plans show a podium-type structure featuring rooftop decks, a recreation room, and a garden.

The project is taking shape along a busy stretch of Crenshaw Boulevard, which has recently seen new investments in public art and open space through the $100-million Destination Crenshaw project, as well as other housing projects such as a larger 195-unit apartment complex which SoLa Impact is building a few blocks north at 4611 S. Crenshaw Boulevard.

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