In Koreatown, construction has commenced for a mixed-use apartment building at the former site of a car wash.

The project, now taking shape on a 25,000-square-foot site at 401 S. Western Avenue, will consist of a six-story building featuring 73 one- and two-bedroom apartments above nearly 7,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and subterranean parking and a two-level, 87-car subterranean parking garage.

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Ennabe Properties, the project applicant, secured approvals using Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a larger building than otherwise allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, nine of the new apartments are to be set aside as deed-restricted affordable housing at the very low-income level for a period of 55 years.

Approved plans indicated that Syed Raza & Associates is designing 401 Western, which would include amenity decks at the podium and roof levels. Additional open space would be provided through balconies on the exterior of all units.

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The under-construction project is the second attempt to redevelop the site at 4th Street and Western Avenue. In 2018, Ennabe received approvals for a smaller 57-unit apartment complex which would have also included street-level retail space.