A presentation to the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board offers a closer look at plans for a mixed-use development at 1338 5th Street.  

The project, which is being developed by WS Communities, calls for the construction of a six-story building featuring 120 apartments - including 26 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and 94 single-room occupancy (SRO) units - above 2,662 square feet of ground-floor retail space.  Four levels of subterranean parking would sit below the building, offering accommodations for up to 116 vehicles.

WS Communities would set aside 19 apartments as affordable housing, including 14 SRO units and four of the standard apartments.

KFA Architecture is designing 1338 5th Street, which is described as a "modern infill project," that uses projecting angled balconies at each level to create three-dimensionality along 5th Street.  Floor plans show that the building would incorporate a central courtyard and rooftop amenities.

The proposed building is among six developments from WS Communities granted expedited administrative process due to a settlement agreement with the City of Santa Monica.  One of the other projects is slated to replace a parking lot across the street at 1323 5th Street.

The Architectural Review Board is scheduled to provide feedback on the building design during its February 3 meeting, but no vote is scheduled at this point in time.

WS Communities is planning numerous mixed-use and multifamily residential buildings in its hometown of Santa Monica, and is now in the midst of construction on a five-story, 100-unit apartment complex at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue.