In Sawtelle, construction continues for a new affordable and permanent supportive housing development at the former site of the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter.

The project, which is being developed by Thomas Safran & Associates, is located at the southeast corner of Bundy Drive and Missouri Avenue.  Plans call for a six-story edifice featuring 74 apartments in addition to on-site supportive services.

Withee Malcolm Architects is designing the contemporary podium-type building, which will consist of five levels of wood-frame construction above a concrete base.  In addition to housing, the project will include amenities such as a courtyard, a community room, and a fitness center.

The development, which is called Missouri Place, will include a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments reserved for households earning 60 percent or less than the area median income - approximately $40,740 for a single adult.  Rents for the apartments will range from $545 to $1,512 per month, according to a project website.

The project will be split evenly between general affordable housing and permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless persons, when it opens in Summer 2021.

Missouri Place is located is roughly a half-mile north of Metro's Expo/Bundy Station, and across the street from a offices, housing, and retail complex which is now under construction at the former site of Martin Cadillac.

Thomas Safran & Associates is developing numerous affordable housing projects in the Los Angeles area, and is also part of one of the two finalist teams competing for the development rights to the West Los Angeles Civic Center.

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