Protective fencing has appeared around a series of dilapidated buildings in East Hollywood, as San Diego-based Affirmed Housing prepares to begin construction on a low-income apartment complex.


The property, located at 4760-4766 Melrose Avenue, is currently improved with a pair of vacant buildings.  Plans approved earlier this month by the City of Los Angeles call for replacing them with a five-story building containing 35 units of affordable housing.

With the exception of a market rate manager's apartment, the project will cater to households earning at or below 35, 50, and 60 percent of the area median income.  Rents will be set as $509 per month, according to a staff report to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.

Togawa Smith Martin is designing the Melrose Avenue development.

Total project costs are estimated at $24.1 million.

The development site is located midway between two market-rate projects at Melrose Avenue's intersections with Serrano and Ardmore Avenues.

Affirmed Housing is currently in the midst of construction on a similar $28-million development in Westlake.

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