In early January, developer Leo Lee filed an application with the Department of City Planning seeking approvals for a new 100 percent affordable housing development at 611 S. Hobart Boulevard. The property, previously the site of a preschool, would see the construction of a new seven-story building featuring 80 studio and one-bedroom apartments without on-site vehicle parking.
As the apartments would be restricted to rent as affordable housing, the project is eligible for a slew of density bonus incentives permitting waivers of certain zoning rules.
EWAI is designing 611 Hobart, which is portrayed in renderings as a stucco-clad building accented with metal mesh screens painted green.
The project site sits directly south of a larger vacant parcel at 3800 W. 6th Street, which Lee has sought to redevelop since 2017. Initially planned as a high-rise complex featuring a hotel and condominiums, the project changed courses in 2021, after city officials declined to provide tax incentives for the proposed 192-room Hyatt Centric. Instead, plans now call for a mixed-use residential development with 301 apartments.
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