Over one year after breaking ground in Arlington Heights, construction is progressing slowly for a mixed-use project at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Norton Avenue.

The project, now rising from a corner lot 3839 Washington Boulevard, will eventually consist of a five-story building featuring 31 two-bedroom apartments above approximately 2,200 square feet of ground-floor retail and parking for 52 vehicles.

Rendering of 3839 Washington BoulevardKhal Khaireddin Architects

Shalabi Enterprises Partners, the project applicant, will be required to set aside three apartments for rent as extremely low-income affordable housing under conditions of approval imposed by the City of Los Angeles.

Khal Khaireddin Architects is designing the 3839 Washington, which will feature two courtyards and a rooftop deck. Renderings posted to the firm's website depict a contemporary exterior of brick veneer, stucco, and concrete.

Construction at 3839 Washington BoulevardUrbanize LA

"The project is defined by a blend of contemporary massing with historical sensitivity," reads a design narrative. "Through close collaboration with the local community and neighborhood council, the design references the historical building materials of the neighborhood and expresses itself through a playful geometry. A warm, brick-veneered mass is punctuated with voids that animate the facade. The framed voids provide enclosure for balconies perching over the sidewalk and define human-scaled entry points for the ground floor commercial spaces. A large roof deck overlooking Washington Boulevard provides expansive views of the city in all directions."

The mostly market-rate development is uncommon for this stretch of Washington Boulevard, which has seen numerous plans for mixed-use projects featuring affordable housing and retail space. A few blocks west, Meta Housing Corp. is has broken ground on income-restricted apartment buildings on two City-owned properties at Washington's intersection with Vineyard Avenue. Another mixed-use project was recently permitted for construction a few blocks to the east at 3300 Washington Boulevard.

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