Five months after we last checked in, the blue tower crane is gone from intersection of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in East HollywoodLittle Tokyo Service Center is building a mixed-use affordable housing complex above the subway station of the same name.

The new six-story building, which wraps around the distinctive entrance to Vermont/Santa Monica Station, will feature 187 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units above ground-floor commercial space when completed. Those apartments are split into 94 units of permanent supportive housing and 91 units of affordable housing priced for very low-income households, with the remaining two apartments set aside for on-site managers.

View looking westKoning Eizenberg Architecture

Koning Eizenberg is designing the podium-type building, which will be accompanied by a renovation of the more than 20-year-old plaza which surrounds the station entrance. New features to be added include a mobility hub and improved transit shelters. Additionally, a health center and a food court within the apartment building's ground floor commercial space is intended to activate the plaza.

At the time of its groundbreaking, the more than $118 million project was on track for completion in the second quarter of 2024.

View looking southKoning Eizenberg Architecture

The new project is one of a handful of large, mixed-use buildings now planned or under construction near Vermont/Santa Monica Station, including an 85-unit building which began work earlier this year next door and a 177-unit complex now underway one block to the east.

LTSC, in addition to its East Hollywood project, is active on its home turf. The non-profit developer broke ground this year on another affordable and supportive housing developments at the former home of the Umeya Rice Cake Company, and has plans for a project next to the Japanese American National Museum.

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