A 1950s church in South Los Angeles inhabited by Life Enrichment Ministries could give way to new affordable housing through Executive Directive 1, per an application submitted earlier this month to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

The proposed project from Domus Development, planned just west of Hoover Street at 823 W. Manchester Avenue, calls for razing the existng church and its parking lot to clear the way for the construction of a new four-story building featuring 42 apartments.

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Save for a single two-bedroom manager's unit, the project would consist entirely of studio and one-bedroom dwellings reserved as deed-restricted affordable housing.

KFA Architecture is designing the project, currently referred to as Domus Manchester, which is portrayed in in plans as a contemporary low-rise structure featuring a courtyard, a recreation room, and a rooftop deck. Plans call for five on-site parking spaces, although no parking is required by zoning per AB 2097.

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The proposed project would sit one block to the east of Manchester's intersection with Vermont Avenue, where 180 units of affordable housing are currently under construction as part of the Vermont Manchester redevelopment.

Domus Development, an affiliate of Newport Partners, has recently wrapped up work on similar affordable housing projects in Panorama City and Echo Park, and recently commenced work on more subsidized housing in the unincorporated community of Florence-Firestone.

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