The site of a Transit Oriented Communities housing project which has sputtered out in Koreatown is instead up for redevelopment with affordable housing, according to plans submitted last month to the City of Los Angeles.

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The project site, a currently vacant lot at 316 S. Catalina Street, is already approved for the construction of a six-story building which would have featured 30 residential units. The updated proposal, which comes from applicant Shawn Naim of Frontier Acquisitions, LLC, would see the property developed with a new five-story edifice featuring 47 homes - all of it affordable housing.

The revised filing comes through the Mayor's Executive Directive 1, which permits streamlined approvals and waivers of development standards for fully-affordable and permanent supportive housing projects. In the case of 316 Catalina, Naim has proposed a project consisting of low- and moderate-income units.

JZA Architecture, which has been attached to numerous ED1 projects since the program's inception earlier this year, is designing 316 Catalina, which is depicted in a rendering as a contemporary low-rise structure containing a mix of one- and two-bedroom dwellings.

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The project is one of several new affordable developments in the works for nearby sites in Koreatown, including another ED1 development which would rise a few blocks to the north at 144 S. Catalina Street and a senior affordable housing complex now wrapping up work at 433 S. Vermont Avenue.

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