With the 344-unit Esperanza apartments now in lease up next to the Metro L Line's Duarte Station, developer MBK Rental Living has turned its attention to a site next door.

Recently, Irvine-based MBK commenced construction of Solana, the second phase of a master-planned project along Fasana Road just east of Duarte Road. Plans call for a five-story building containing a total of 292 studio, one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments, wrapping around an eight-story parking garage.

Construction of Solana at Duarte StationOxBlue / R.D. Olson Construction

TCA Architects is designing Solana, which is depicted in a rendering as a contemporary wood-frame structure.

According to a landing page on the website or general contractor R.D. Olson Construction, the apartments will be accompanied by amenities including courtyards, a pool, a spa, club rooms, and a fitness center.

Construction of Solana at Duarte StationOxBlue / R.D. Olson Construction

MBK, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co., acquired the project site in early 2021 through a joint venture with Haseko Corporation.

Solana and Esperanza also sit across the L Line tracks from the 110-acre City of Hope campus, which is poised to undergo an expansion that will increase its patient capacity by 1,000 and its employment base by 1,500 through the 2030s.

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