A Econo Lodge motel on West La Palma Avenue could be transformed into supportive housing, according to an agenda item from this week's meeting of the Anaheim Planning Commission.

Jamboree Housing Corporation is seeking approvals of a conditional use permit for the project, which would convert the existing 70-room inn at 2691 W. La Palma Avenue into a 70-unit apartment community priced for extremely low-income persons.  The target population for the development would be persons who are homeless, at-risk of becoming homeless, exiting chronic homelessness, and veterans.

With the exception of a one-bedroom unit reserved for an on-site manager, all of the proposed apartments would have studio floor plans - including full kitchens and private bathrooms.  Seven units would include mobility accessibility features, and three would offer sensory accessibility features.  The existing motel management office would be converted for use by on-site social service providers.  

At the building's exterior, plans call building a new recreation building and outdoor courtyard on areas now used as surface parking.

Y&M Architects is designing the project, which would alter the facade of the existing motel into an "eclectic Spanish/Mediterranean" style through the addition of a clay tile roof, decorative wrought iron railings, cement plaster, arches, and corbels.

A staff report recommends that the Planning Commission should approve the project.