A pair of small commercial buildings located just west of the Van Nuys Civic Center could make way for a multifamily residential development, according to plans filed recently with the City of Los Angeles.

The property, located at 14520-14526 Erwin Street, is improved with single-story structures dating to the 1920s.  A case filing with the Los Angeles Planning Department indicates that all existing buildings are slated to make way for the construction of a 71-unit apartment complex featuring 63 market-rate units and eight extremely low-income affordable units.

Requested entitlements include Transit Oriented Communities affordable housing incentives, allowing for reductions to required side yards and an increase in height to 78 feet.

City records list the project applicant as an entity affiliated with Santa Monica architecture firm Minarc.

The proposed apartment complex is the third slated for the one-block stretch of Erwin Street between Van Nuys Boulevard and Vesper Avenue.  

A five-story, 48-unit apartment building is currently under construction on an adjoining site at 14540 Erwin Street, and a six-story, 45-unit development is planned at 14552 Erwin.