In a pair of unanimous votes, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission has signed off on proposed affordable housing developments in Westlake and Hollywood.

The first, which is being developed by Relevant Group, would replace three existing buildings at 1316-1328 W. Linwood Avenue with an eight-story structure containing 150 units of permanent supportive housing, priced at the low- and very low-income levels.

The proposed housing project, designed by Steinberg Hart, would be built from prefabricated modular units and rise to a height of approximately 100 feet.  No parking is planned within the contemporary mid-rise structure, though plans call for on-site supportive services, roof decks, and multipurpose rooms.

Relevant Group, best known for its growing collection of boutique hotels in Hollywood, is building the Linwood Avenue project to replace the single-room occupancy apartments which are being lost through the redevelopment of the historic Barclay and Morrison Hotels.  The remainder of the replacement units would be located in a proposed 150-unit development at 5th and San Pedro Streets, which was approved by the Planning Commission at its previous meeting.

The second project, which is being developed by EAH Housing, would replace an auto repair shop at 843-849 N. La Brea Avenue.  Plans call for a five-story edifice featuring 50 apartments - including 49 low-income supportive units - with parking for five vehicles and open space amenities such as a community room, a courtyard, and a roof deck.

FSY Architects is designing the contemporary low-rise structure, which is called The Pointe on La Brea.

In approving the project, the City Planning Commission rejected an appeal from an organization called the LA Brea-Willoughby Coalition, which argued that the project was in violation of local zoning rules, and objected to the City's Transit Oriented Communities affordable housing program.  A staff report disputed those claims, and recommended approval.

EAH Housing is also developing affordable projects in South Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

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