A small commercial building in South Los Angeles could make way for affordable housing, according to an application submitted yesterday to the Department of City Planning.

The project site, located at the northeast corner of 71st Street and Broadway, is slated for the construction of a multi-story structure featuring 52 apartments, with 40 priced for low-income households and 11 priced for moderate-income households.

The proposed development makes use of two state bills, SB 35 and AB 1763, which provides streamlined permitting and more generous density bonus incentives for affordable housing projects.  In the case of the 71st and Broadway development, requested incentives include reduced setbacks, increased floor area, and a decreased open space requirement.

City records list the project applicant as an entity affiliated with Weingart Center, a Downtown-based non-profit organization which serves homeless Angelenos.

Weingart Center is also developing a similar affordable housing project in the West Los Angeles neighborhood, and has proposed high-rise buildings on two properties adjacent to its headquarters at 6th and San Pedro Streets.

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