Across the street from Los Angeles Southwest College, developer Affirmed Housing Group has broken ground on its latest permanent supportive housing complex.

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The project, named Westhaven, sits near the border between the unincorporated communities of Westmont and Athens.  Plans call for a narrow five-story edifice at 11609 S. Western Avenue that will feature 57 low-income apartments above parking for 34 vehicles.

The $29.6-million development will include a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments reserved for households earning between 30 and 50 percent of the area median income, per a staff report to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.  Rends for the property would range from $591 to $633 per month.

AC Martin, which recently completed a merger with Togawa Smith Martin, is designing the Westhaven.  The design concept of the project has been described as a "sliding building mass, and articulated with varied joints and rhythms across the building façade."

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The development site is included in a roughly 658-acre district - encompassing large swaths of Westmont and Athens - which was rezoned last year by Los Angeles County to incentivize the construction of new housing along major transit corridors.  The Connecting Southwest L.A. Plans calls for centering much of the community's future growth would on the intersection of Western and Imperial Highway.

A similar project - a 39-unit low-income housing development from Abode Communities - opened last year a short distance north on Imperial Highway.

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