A year after commencing work just south of Metro's Pico Station, the frame of a new micro-unit apartment complex from Housing Diversity Corp. is now starting to take shape in Downtown Los Angeles.

Aerial view looking north from Flower StreetSteinberg Hart

The project, now rising at 1411 S. Flower Street, will consist of an eight-story building featuring 227 apartments upon completion. The property would consist entirely of studio units, with average size of 265 square feet.

Housing Diversity (HDC) entitled the project using Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a larger building than would normally be allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, the project will include 26 apartments set aside as affordable housing priced at the extremely low-income level.

Street-level view on FlowerSteinberg Hart

Steinberg Hart is designing the contemporary podium-type building, which will feature an amenity deck at its roof level, as well as a ground-floor courtyard and a breezeway.

Though not planned as affordable housing, the building may in fact wind up offering lower-cost accommodations than other new Downtown developments. In February 2021, HDC chief executive officer Brad Padden told Urbanize that 1411 Flower Street is expected to cater to households earning between 80 and 120 percent of the area median income.

Construction at 1411 S Flower StreetUrbanize LA

The Downtown projects are among a handful of Los Angeles-area developments for HDC, including new buildings planned or under construction in Koreatown and Hollywood. The company is already at work on a similar 137-unit complex a few blocks to the east at Grand Avenue.

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