The Los Angeles City Council voted last week to adopt a sustainable communities project exemption for Westlake's Miramar Development, exempting the proposed affordable housing complex from further review under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The proposed development, filed in June with the Planning Department, calls for replacing the front lawn of the Miramar Towers senior affordable housing complex (located at 1917-2005 W. 3rd Street) with a seven-story, 136-unit apartment building.

Designed by Brooks + Scarpa, the project would be clad in perforated metal screens, with a breezeway that would connect to the existing Miramar Towers building.  Proposed on-site amenities would include a community room in its basement.

Rose Community Development Company is listed as the applicant behind the project.  The organization's parent company - the Jonathan Rose Companies - operates the adjoining senior housing community with Wakeland Housing & Development Corp.

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