Just off the intersection of Crenshaw and Sepulveda Boulevards in Torrance, an office building occupied by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is up for redevelopment with housing.

The Torrance Del Amo project, per an initial study circulated by the City of Torrance, would rise from a site at 2325 Crenshaw Boulevard. Co-developer Rose Equities and Garden Communities are seeking approvals for the construction of four new buildings featuring a combined total of 272 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments above a two-level, 467-car garage.

Street view from Crenshaw BoulevardRose Equities

According to a project description, 28 of the new apartments would be set aside for rent as very low-income affordable housing. That set-aside makes the Torrance Del Amo development eligible for density bonus incentives granting waivers from certain zoning rules and standards.

Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners is designing the complex, according to the initial study.

"The Project reflects a village-like plan consisting of linear buildings punctuated by courtyards running through the site," reads a narrative including with the study. "The courtyards bring greenery across the site and connect it to the surrounding neighborhood. The Project serves as a bridge between its single-family neighbors to the north and the commercial Sepulveda Boulevard corridor to the south, with massing that steps from three stories at the northern edge to five stories at the southern edge. Lantern-like gable roofs and syncopated balconies contribute to the village-like feel. The buildings are clad in white plaster and stone, with louvers that shade balconies."

Courtyard view from balconyRose Equities

Construction of the apartment complex is expected to take roughly 30 months, pending approval of a general plan amendment, a conditional use permit, and other entitlements.

Rose Equities, one of the co-developers, is also attached to a larger project with more than 1,000 residential units in Costa Mesa.

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