Across the street from Sony Picture Studios in Palms, vertical construction is complete for a pair of mixed-use apartment buildings at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Motor Avenue.

View from Washington and Motor looking northeastKevin Tsai Architecture

The first project, which comes from Hong Kong-based real estate development firm Guo Rui Group, is located at 10375 Washington Boulevard. The new seven-story building will feature 139 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above approximately 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space when completed, as well as parking for 140 vehicles.

Project entitlements include Transit Oriented Communities incentives, permitting a larger structure than otherwise allowed by zoning rules in exchange for setting aside 14 apartments as deed-restricted affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

Kevin Tsai Architecture is designing the contemporary low-rise structure, has a U-shaped footprint wrapping a podium-level courtyard. Other open spaces would be provided through a series of setbacks and terrace decks.

View looking northwest from Washington and MotorAbramson Architects

West across the street, Los Angeles-based California Landmark Group is building on the former site of a thrift store at 10401 Washington Boulevard.  The new eight-story building will contain 112 apartments - including 15 extremely low-income affordable units - above 2,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and parking for 71 vehicles.

As with its neighbor, the project was entitled using Transit Oriented Communities incentives.

Abramson Architects is designing the contemporary podium-type building, which will also include amenity decks.

The two projects are the latest in a string of developments built along the Washington Boulevard and Venice Boulevard corridors in Palms. Both streets sit in close proximity to the movie studio, as well as Downtown Culver City and Metro's E Line.

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