As is tradition, the construction cranes have made their annual return to the blocks surrounding Metro's La Cienega/Jefferson Station.
A pair of tower cranes now stand high above the former site of a Public Storage facility at 3401 S. La Cienega Boulevard in Baldwin Hills, where Lendlease and Aware Super commenced work last year on a mixed-use development known as Habitat. Plans call for two buildings featuring a combined total of 260 apartments and 253,000 square feet of office space above parking for 700 vehicles.
The project was approved with density bonus incentives to permit a larger residential building than would normally be allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, plans call for 22 units of deed-restricted very low-income affordable housing. Lendlease has also agreed to set aside an additional 7 apartments as workforce housing.
Shop Architects is designing the project (its first in Los Angeles), with Steinberg Hart serving as architect of record. Plans call for a 12-story residential building and a six-story office building, both featuring terrace decks that will serve as balconies and amenity spaces for tenants. Roughly one acres of open space is planned at ground-level, opening onto the adjoining bike trail.
Completion of Habitat is expected in 2025.
Habitat is the third large mixed-use project to break ground in close proximity to La Cienega/Jefferson Station, following the Cumulus District from Carmel Partners, a 12-acre complex consisting of more than 1,200 apartments and a Whole Foods Market, and the 17-story Wrapper office tower from Samitaur and Eric Owen Moss Architects.
More projects are set to follow. The area's future construction pipeline includes a 254-unit apartment complex planned on the opposite side of La Cienega Boulevard and a series of office buildings proposed by Kilroy Realty Corp. and Lincoln Property Company.
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