Four single-family homes in the Mid-City neighborhood could make way for two multifamily residential developments, according to plans recently submitted to the City of Los Angeles.

The projects, both of which are proposed by local real estate developer Ketter Construction, are slated for back-to-back sites at 1550-1556 S. Fairfax Avenue and 1557 S. Orange Grove Drive.  Plans call for five- and six-story structures, each of which would feature 30 apartments above parking.  Six extremely low-income affordable units are planned between the two developments.

In-house architects at Ketter are designing both buildings, which would consist of wood-frame construction above a concrete podium.  A rendering of the Fairfax-facing project depicts a contemporary low-rise structure - clad in stucco and accented with metal screens - with setbacks on its upper floors.

Requested entitlements for both developments include Transit Oriented Communities incentives allowing for increases in allowable height and density, as well as decreases in required setbacks and on-site open space.

The Orange Grove and Fairfax projects are not Ketter's first venture in Mid-City.  The firm's is currently in the midst of construction on a similar apartment complex two blocks west at Pickford and Hi Point Streets, and is planning a second project at Hi Point and Saturn Street.