An auto body repair shop in Jefferson Park could make way for a new mixed-use apartment building, per an application submitted yesterday to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

Steve and Hannah Lim, the owners and applicants behind the proposed project at 2800 W. Jefferson Boulevard, is seeking city approvals to raze the auto repair shop and an adjoining single-family home to make way for a new six-story development featuring 70 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and 2,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space without on-site parking.

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Requested approvals include a density bonus incentive to permit a larger structure than allowed by zoning rules, as well as waivers of other development standards. In exchange, nine of the new apartments would be set aside for rent as very low-income affordable housing.

Kevin Tsai Architecture is designing 2800 Jefferson, which is shown in plans with a central courtyard and a common rooftop deck.

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"[The building's] facade is a standout feature, boasting angled stone surfaces that create an intriguing interplay of light and shadow, adding depth and character to the streetscape," reads a narrative from the firm's website. "Inside, the building is designed to maximize natural light and airflow, with a centrally carved opening serving as the focal point. This architectural feature not only floods the interior spaces with daylight but also promotes a sense of openness and connectivity between different levels. The courtyard, nestled within the heart of the building, further enhances this sense of continuity, drawing the eye upward and creating a cohesive flow from floor to floor."

The project site is located just over a half-mile to the northeast of Metro's Expo/Crenshaw Station, where a larger project featuring mixed-income housing and commercial uses is also in the works.

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