A series of small commercial and residential buildings just south of Old Town Torrance have made way for a mixed-use development from a local real estate investment firm.

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The project from Torrance-based Tower Energy Group is now rising along the south side of Carson Street between Gramercy and Andreo Avenues.  Plans approved by the City of Torrance call for the construction of a three-story edifice featuring 39 studio, one-, and two-bedroom dwellings, 7,000 square feet of street-fronting commercial space, and at-grade parking for 47 vehicles.  The apartments, ranging between 515 and 945 square feet in size, will be accompanied by amenities including a community room and an elevated rear patio.

Withee Malcolm Architects is designing the contemporary low-rise structure, which would have a U-shaped footprint above its first floor.  A rendering shows that the building would greet Carson Street with arched window bays.

Tower Energy Group, the developer behind the project, owns commercial properties throughout the Los Angeles area and operates a chain of markets, according to its company website.

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Tower's new apartment complex is rising one block east of the intersection of Carson Street and Cabrillo Avenue, where Meta Housing Corp. completed work on the Cabrillo Family Apartments in 2015.  That income-restricted development was the largest housing development built in Torrance in more than 20 years, the Daily Breeze reported in 2018.

An even larger project remains in the planning stages - the 248-unit Solana Torrance apartments, which would rise from the site of an abandoned quarry just west of Hawthorne Boulevard.