A couple blocks south of the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street in Echo Park, a small residential building currently used as a church is primed to make way for a new apartment complex.

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Recently, Beverly Hills-based Local Development, Inc. submitted an application to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning seeking approvals to construct a new five-story, 55-unit apartment complex at 801 N. Alvarado Street. The project site, a corner lot at Alvarado's intersection with Ken Street, would include a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom dwellings above a two-level, 40-car subterranean parking garage.

Requested entitlements include Transit Oriented Communities incentives permitting reductions to required automobile parking and increased floor area. In exchange, five of the new apartments would be set aside as affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

Warren Techentin Architecture is designing 801 Alvarado, which would have a contemporary exterior clad in perforated metal screens and stucco. Architectural plans show a rooftop amenity deck and a small courtyard located at the building's ground level.

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City records list the owner of the project site at Century City-based investment management firm Manhattan West.

The project site sits directly north across Kent Street from another corner lot where Downtown-based SRO Housing Corp. is planning a new apartment complex composed of permanent supportive housing. To the north on Sunset Boulevard, other multifamily residential developments from Holland Partner Group and Cypress Equity Investments are also in the works.