In the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood, construction is now in the home stretch for yet another multifamily residential complex from Haroni Investments.

The project at 6550 S. Normandie Avenue, which spans the east side of the street between 65th Place and 66th Street, consists of a five-story building which will feature 93 one- and two-bedroom apartments above at-grade parking for 47 vehicles.

Construction at 6550 Normandie AvenueUrbanize LA

Haroni entitled the site using Transit Oriented Communities incentives, allowing for a larger building than otherwise permitted by zoning rules. In exchange, eight of the new apartments will be set aside as affordable housing at the extremely low-income level. Originally, the project had been pitched as a slightly smaller building with 64 dwelling units, including six that would have been affordable.

John Kaliski Architects is designing the contemporary, stucco-clad building which will include terrace decks and the third and fifth floors, and a landscaped central courtyard. No ground-floor retail is proposed, although plans show a manager's unit facing Normandie Avenue.

6550-6570 S. Normandie AvenueGoogle Maps

"Working within the two planning overlays, the JKA design lightens the sense of bulk by lifting four stories of massing over a brick base of at-grade parking screened from adjoining sidewalks by planters," reads a design description posted to the architect's website. "The uplifted mass at the ground-floor is complemented by a rolling parapet line that dips at the location of a rooftop terrace. Further character is provided by pushing the façade plane into a thinner expression at bedroom windows, maintaining a cost-efficient 'flat' exterior while establishing a 'punched' patterning that provides façade shadowing."

Haroni and Kaliski are working a number of projects in South Los Angeles, including a 93-unit complex on Hoover Street, an 88-unit building on Western Avenue, and a mixed-use structure now under construction on Crenshaw Boulevard.

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