A small commercial building across the street from Exposition Park is slated for redevelopment with housing and ground-floor retail, according to an application recently submitted to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.
The proposed project, slated for a corner lot at 900 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, calls for razing the existing 1930s structure and an adjoining apartment building to clear the way for a new six-story edifice which would feature 32 one-bedroom dwellings with 5,100 square feet of ground-floor restaurant space and parking for 20 vehicles.
Requested entitlements include density bonus incentives which would allow a larger building than normally permitted by zoning rules. In exchange, five of the new apartments would be set aside for rent by very low- and extremely low-income households.
KSK Design, Inc. is the architect behind the project, which would also include rooftop restaurant space and an amenity deck. According to plans, the project is named 900 MLK.
City records list the owner and applicant behind the project as Anat Escher of the entity Martin Dream, LLC.
Restaurants and bars which have previously occupied out of the building have been cited by city officials for issues related to the sale of alcohol and noise.
While housing and commercial uses have started arriving on the eastern frontage of Exposition Park along Figueroa Street, the proposed development is the first mixed-use project planned for the park's southern face along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The state-owned green space has recently added new features, including the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and the permanent home of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
Exposition Park has also seen the adoption of a new master plan which is intended to replace surface parking with green space (above underground parking), as well as plans for streetscape improvements along adjacent corridors.
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