At its meeting on May 25, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to approve entitlements for a proposed multifamily residential building directly across the street from Lincoln Park.

The proposed project, which would replace a surface parking lot at 3601 Mission Road in Lincoln Heights, was submitted to the City of Los Angeles for review in mid-2022. Project applicant Lincoln Park Holdings, LLC, which is affiliated with Brenner Capital, has proposed clearing the site to make way for a new building featuring 184 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments above parking for 101 vehicles.

View from Mission Road looking northLahmon Architects

Project entitlements include density bonus incentives, which would allow a larger structure with less on-site parking than typically allowed by zoning rules. In exchange for the incentives, the developer would set aside 47 of the new apartments - 73 percent of allowable base density - for rent as affordable housing at the very low-income level.

Lahmon Architects is designing the project, which is named Mission and Lincoln for its cross streets of Mission Road and Lincoln Park Avenue. Renderings show a contemporary podium-type apartment complex clad in painted metal panels and cement plaster. The building's garage would be wrapped in concrete and decorative panels.

View looking southeastLahmon Architects

Besides housing, Mission and Lincoln would incorporate open space amenities including multiple courtyards, a pool deck, a recreation room, a resident business center, and a roof deck.

Pending the issuance of building permits, construction of the apartment complex is expected to occur over a roughly 18-month period, according to findings included with the project entitlement filing.

While the project was able to secure approval, that vote came against mixed comments from both supporters and opponents within the Lincoln Heights neighborhood. Several detractors of the project argued that its construction would accelerate gentrification in the neighborhood, and compared it to the 468-unit development now under construction at 141 Avenue 34, which similarly faced vocal opposition from community members.

3601 Mission RoadGoogle Maps

The project site, in addition to sitting across the street from Lincoln Park, also sits to the north of Los Angeles General Medical Center, where Los Angeles County officials are pursuing the adaptive reuse of the historic General Hospital building and the redevelopment of several adjacent sites. Also located nearby is Mission's intersection with Valley Boulevard, where a new bus rapid transit line is in the works using funds from the cancelled 710 extension.

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