Less than a year after razing a vacant automobile repair shop across the street from Sony Pictures Studios, construction has started in earnest for a mixed-use project from Hong Kong-based real estate development firm Guo Rui Group.

Motor Avenue elevationKevin Tsai Architecture

The project, located at the northeast corner of Washington Boulevard and Motor Avenue in Palms, will consist of a seven-story building containing 139 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above approximately 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and parking for 140 vehicles.

Guo Rui Group entitled the project using Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a larger structure than otherwise allowed by local zoning rules. The developer will set aside 14 apartments as deed-restricted affordable housing at the extremely low-income level in exchange for the incentives.

Designed by Kevin Tsai Architecture, the contemporary low-rise structure will feature a U-shaped footprint wrapping a podium-level courtyard.  Other open spaces would be provided through a series of setbacks and terrace decks.

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Tsai previously indicated that the Washington-Motor development is expected to be built over period of 24 months.

Directly across Motor Avenue, California Landmark Group has secured approvals to redevelop a thrift store with a 112-unit apartment building, and recently completed vertical construction of a 79-unit complex one block north on Venice Boulevard.

To the east on Washington Boulevard, Beverly Hills-based Mapleton Properties is planning a multi-phase project with more than 200 apartments.