At a long-empty lot in Arlington Heights, construction has quietly commenced for a mixed-use project which will bring new housing and commercial space to the neighborhood.

Rendering of 3839 Washington BoulevardKhal Khaireddin Architects

The approximately 15,000-square-foot project site, a corner lot at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Norton Avenue, is being developed with a five-story building which will contain 31 two-bedroom apartments above approximately 2,200 square feet of ground-floor retail and semi-subterranean parking for 52 vehicles.

The project applicant, an entity affiliated with Shalabi Enterprises Partners will be required to set aside three apartments for rent as extremely low-income affordable housing under conditions of approval imposed by the City of Los Angeles.

Rendering of 3839 Washington BoulevardKhal Khaireddin Architects

Khal Khaireddin Architects is designing the project, which will include central and rear-facing courtyards at the second floor and a common rooftop deck. Renderings posted to the firm's website depict the finished product as a low-rise structure clad in brick veneer, stucco, and concrete.

"The project is defined by a blend of contemporary massing with historical sensitivity," reads a design narrative. "Through close collaboration with the local community and neighborhood council, the design references the historical building materials of the neighborhood and expresses itself through a playful geometry. A warm, brick-veneered mass is punctuated with voids that animate the facade. The framed voids provide enclosure for balconies perching over the sidewalk and define human-scaled entry points for the ground floor commercial spaces. A large roof deck overlooking Washington Boulevard provides expansive views of the city in all directions."

3827-3841 W. Washington BoulevardGoogle Maps

The mostly market-rate development is uncommon for this stretch of Washington Boulevard, which has seen numerous plans for mixed-use projects featuring affordable housing and retail space. A few blocks west, Meta Housing Corp. is has broken ground on income-restricted apartment buildings on two City-owned properties at Washington's intersection with Vineyard Avenue.