In a consent calendar vote, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission approved plans to redevelop a pair of small residential buildings in Westlake with a mixed-use apartment complex.

The project, slated for a property at 418-430 N. Alvarado Street, would rise less than a half-mile west of Echo Park.  Plans submitted to the City of Los Angeles in 2017 call for the construction of a five-story building containing 73 one- and two-bedroom apartments above 530 square feet of ground-floor retail space and an 81-car garage.

Requested entitlements for the proposed development include density bonus incentives permitting a larger building than is allowable under the property's base zoning.  In exchange for the incentives, a total of six apartments would be set aside as deed-restricted very low-income affordable housing.

Alan Boivin is designing the approximately 56,000-square-foot development, which is shown in a rendering as a contemporary podium-type building.  On-site amenities would include a courtyard, a gym, and two rooftop decks.

City records list the company behind the project as Los Angeles-based real estate development firm Caladan Investments.  The company recently broke ground on a similar apartment complex in Westchester.

The Westlake development, which would rise near the intersection of Temple and Alvarado Streets, is the latest in a series of new multifamily projects in the neighborhood.  A larger complex featuring 200 apartments and retail wrapped up construction two blocks west earlier this year.