One year after starting work in Historic South-Central, an A Line-adjacent development featuring affordable housing and commercial space is starting to take shape.

View looking southwestVTBS Architects

The project, which comes from developer AMCAL Multi-Housing Company, sits on an approximately 1.35-acre property at the southeast corner of Washington Boulevard and Los Angeles Street. The completed building will stand five stories in height and feature 105 residential units above 7,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a 75-car garage.

According to a landing page on the AMCAL website, the apartment complex will feature a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings, most of which will be reserved for households earning 60 percent or less than the area median income.  A total of 25 apartments are to be reserved for transition-age youth earning 30 percent or less than the area median income.

At street level, the apartments will include a workforce development center and a cafe, which would be made available the surrounding neighborhood.  Plans also call for on-site case management services for residents, to be provided by the Coalition for Responsible Community Development.

View looking southwest from Washington BoulevardUrbanize LA

Designed by VTBS Architects, contemporary low-rise structure will be clad in grey, white, and olive-colored stucco and fiber cement panels. On-site open spaces will include a central courtyard, and a street-fronting public plaza.

The project is named La Prensa Libre, alluding to the property's past as a printing facility for the Spanish language newspaper La Opinion.

According to an environmental report conducted prior to construction, completion of La Prensa Libre is expected to take two years - a timeline which would place its anticipated completion date in 2023.

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