A parking lot next to a historic apartment house in Westlake could be redeveloped with new affordable housing, according to a notice recently distributed by the City of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Housing Partnership, owner of the historic Bryson Building near LaFayette Park, is seeking to build a six-story building on an adjoining parking lot at 2721 Wilshire Boulevard. The proposed project, called the Bryson II apartments, would consist of 64 residential units reserved for households earning at or below 30 and 50 percent of the area median income, more than half of which would be set aside as permanent supportive housing.
Per the notice - which indicates a pending application for more than $16 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - plans call for a mix of studio and one-bedroom dwellings, ranging from 313 to 638 square feet in size, as well as an on-site laundry facility, case management offices, a fitness center, a rooftop deck, a common room, and parking for 20 vehicles.
Los Angeles Housing Partnership, which also owns the adjoining Bryson Building, converted that historic structure reconfigured the historic building as 81 income-restricted apartments in 2001. The organization's portfolio includes a ground-up affordable housing complex near the Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro station, which was built in partnership with McCormack Baron Salazar.
The Bryson, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy, opened in January 1913. At the time of its completion, the nine-story building was billed as the "largest and finest apartment house on the Pacific Coast," by the Los Angeles Times.
The proposed affordable housing complex is the latest in a series of new developments surrounding LaFayette Park, including the towering Kurve on Wilshire apartments now under construction at 2900 Wilshire Boulevard, and a more modest bridge housing facility on a triangular property that was previously used as tennis courts.
- Westlake (Urbanize LA)