Just four months after the arrival of a red tower crane, the concrete skeleton of L.A.'s largest permanent supportive housing complex ever is rapidly taking shape near the intersection of 6th and San Pedro Streets in Downtown.

Aerial view looking northwestHunter Kerhart Architectural Photograph

The $164-million project from the Weingart Center, located at 555 S. Crocker Street, replaced a surface parking lot next to the non-profit organizations headquarters facility. In partnership with Chelsea Investment Corporation, Weingart will eventually create a 19-story building featuring 278 studio and one-bedroom apartments. With the exception of three manager's units. , all of the housing will be reserved for formerly homeless persons. Plans also call for on-site supportive services, a ground-floor cafeteria, administrative offices, and subterranean parking for 15 vehicles.

AXIS/GFA the project's architect, is basing its work off of an entitlement design by Joseph Wong Design Associates. Other members of the project team include Emmerson Construction, Swinerton Builders, and Project Management Advisors.

Renderings of the finished development depict a modern glass-and-steel tower, similar to market-rate developments in the Downtown area, which would stand approximately 200 feet in height. The project, when completed, will be the highest point in the Skid Row area and Industrial District.

View of the Weingart Center tower looking west from 6th StreetWeingart Center

At the time the project began construction in September 2021, completion of the tower was expected in December 2023. Upon opening residents will be identified through the Los Angeles Coordinated Entry System.

Although the tower at 555 Crocker may be the largest building in the immediate for now, it is not the only high-rise Weingart Center has planned for the neighborhood. The non-profit is also partnering with Chelsea Investment on plans for a 12-story building on an abutting site and a second 19-story high-rise on a surface parking lot across 6th Street.

Other firms looking to build taller in their approach to permanent supportive housing include Skid Row Housing Trust, which is seeking to build a 14-story mass timber high-rise on 5th Street.

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