In a rainy-day event earlier this month, non-profit developer West Hollywood Community Housing Corp. (WHCHC) marked the debut of Berendo Sage, a new permanent supportive housing complex less than one block south Olympic Boulevard in Pico-Union.

View from roof deck looking east from Berendo SageGary Leonard

Located at 1035 S. Berendo Street, the Measure HHH-funded development consists of a six-story building featuring 42 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, including a mix of permanent supportive housing and general income-restricted apartments.

The apartments are earmarked for households earning at or below 30 and 50 percent of the area median income level, according to a staff report to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.

Urban Architecture Lab designed Berendo Sage, which incorporates common features such as a rooftop community room, aa laundry facility, and offices for on-site service providers. Outside, the contemporary podium-type building features an exterior staircase and a series of inset balconies.

Interior of Berendo SageGary Leonard

WHCHC is set to return to the area in the near future for another debut. Five blocks west, the developer is also in the home stretch for Mariposa Lily, a similar supportive housing which is now under construction.

Although located in West Hollywood, WHCHC has shown an affinity for building new housing in the Pico-Union community, having previously completed the Westmore Linden and Elden Elms complexes on Pico Boulevard. Those buildings were also designed by Urban Architecture Lab.

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