At its meeting today, the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board is scheduled to take its first look at the Magnolia Villas development, a proposed senior apartment complex from EAH Housing.

The project, which would rise from a .31-acre site at 1445-1453 10th Street, calls for the construction of a four-story, 42-foot-tall building featuring 40 units of senior affordable housing with 10 at-grade parking spaces.  Plans also call for amenities including a community garden, a laundry facility, and a courtyard.

DE Architects is designing Magnolia Villas, which is described in a staff report as a contemporary infill project that provides a transition between the commercial uses on Broadway and the apartment buildings to the north.  The project achieves "push, pull, and voids," in its main 10th Street facade through cantilevered upper levels, inset balconies, roof-level terraces, and a recessed entry portal.

The staff report to the Architectural Review Board recommends that the Magnolia Villas development should be approved, on the condition of several design changes, including revisions to the building's rear facade.

EAH Housing has other ongoing projects in Southern California, including affordable developments planned in Hollywood and South Los Angeles.

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