One block east of MacArthur Park, developer, vertical construction is complete for a new permanent supportive housing development from Meta Housing Corporation directly behind the Westlake Theatre.

Street-level view looking northwest at 619 Westlake AvenueThe Architects Collective

The project, located on a previously vacant site at 619-629 S. Westlake Avenue, consists of a five-story edifice that will feature 78 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments - including 77 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing - at completion.

The Architects Collective is designing the building, which is shown in renderings with a contemporary look.

"The building effectively negotiates the grade of the sloping site and provides two levels of parking while also accommodating ample open space within the program," reads a design description from the firm's website. "In fact, the lush streetscape gracefully slips under the building into a spacious courtyard that visually opens to the neighborhood."

According to a 2021 city staff report, the 619 Westlake apartments will cost approximately $52 million. Its relatively high per unit cost of more than $670,000 is inflated in part due to factors including design requirements due to the neighboring Westlake Theatre and various sustainability features, according to the report.  Funding for the project includes a variety of state and local sources.

Construction in progress at 619-629 S Westlake AvenueUrbanize LA

A similar permanent supportive housing development with 63 apartments recently broke ground a block north on Westlake Avenue.

Meta Housing Corp., which ranks among Los Angeles County's most prolific builders of affordable housing, is also developing  projects in Glendale, Downtown, East Los Angeles, and North Hills.

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