Yet another affordable housing development is set to just north of Union Station in Chinatown, per an application submitted this week to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

View of ground level open space looking eastStudio One Eleven

The California Endowment, headquartered at 1000 N. Alameda Street, is partnering with developer Linc Housing Corp. on a project which would transform an auxiliary parking lot just north of its home. The site at 800 N. Main Street is post for a two-building development, including an "East Phase" consisting of a seven-story structure featuring 124 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and 25,473 square feet of commercial space on its two floors and a "West Phase" featuring a two-to-four-story edifice containing nearly 39,000 square feet of commercial space. While no commercial tenants have been announced, expected occupants include a community care facility with room for skill training, workforce development, healthcare services, art therapy, event space, and neighborhood-serving retail. The new construction would be connected to the existing California Endowment campus through a pedestrian pathway cutting through the campus.

While the exact income levels are not specified in plans, the project would cater exclusively to lower-income households.

View looking northeast from MainStudio One Eleven

Studio One Eleven is designing 800 N. Main Street, which is described as reflecting and complementing nearby historic properties such as Union Station and the Terminal Annex.

"Utilizing a palette of light and neutral colors, the structures will be constructed using materials such as stone, masonry, concrete, and plaster. The design will feature recessed or punched windows, along with terraces and balconies that provide private outdoor space for residents and visual interest," reads a design narrative. "This approach ensures our project not only blends harmoniously with the historic surroundings but also adds to the district's aesthetic appeal."

800 N. Main StreetStudio One Eleven

The development site sits due south of the Hilda Solis Care First Village, a supportive housing complex completed by Los Angeles County in 2021. It also sits just east of another vacant site where Homeboy Industries has planned its own affordable housing development.

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