Non-profit developer A Community of Friends has broken ground on an approximately $24-million permanent supportive housing development in the Florence-Firestone community

Firestone Phoenix, which replaces a parking lot at 7321 Miramonte Boulevard, will consist of a three-story building containing 44 housing units catering to formerly homeless veterans and families.

The project will cater to households earning at or below 35 and 50 percent of the area median income, according to a staff report to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.  Rents for the studio, one-, and two-bedroom dwellings will range from $509 to $1,091.

Y&M Architects is designing the contemporary low-rise complex, which will include a community room, a courtyard, and on-site supportive services.

Other projects from A Community of Friends include affordable and permanent supportive housing developments in Sun Valley and Boyle Heights.

A block north of the Firestone Phoenix site, construction is alsounderway for a controversial affordable housing development at the former site of the Florence Library.

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