Just south of the 105 Freeway in Watts, a pair of 1940s duplexes could make way for a new affordable housing complex, per an application submitted last month to the L.A. Department of City Planning.

The project, proposed by Los Angeles-based development firm Eleos, would rise from a property located at 11840 S. Central Avenue - situated at the northeast corner of Central and 119th Street. Plans call for the construction of a new four-story building featuring 70 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments - all of which would be set aside for rent by moderate- and low-income households.

Requested entitlements for the project, which will be processed ministerially pursuant to the Mayor's Executive Directive 1, include Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a larger structure than allowed by zoning rules.

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Architectural plans show the building as a contemporary low-rise structure, wrapping around a small central courtyard, with parking located at-grade toward the rear of the site.

The proposed project would rise a few blocks south of the intersection of 114th Street and Central Avenue, where Linc Housing Corp. recently completed work on Cadence, a 64-unit permanent supportive housing complex.

Eleos, in addition to its new Watts project, is developing affordable housing at several sites in the South Park neighborhood.

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