A ceremony held yesterday just west of L.A. County + USC Medical Center in Lincoln Heights marks the start of construction for a new mixed-use development from Decro Corp. that will feature affordable housing and commercial space.

The Brine, which will rise from a property located at 3000 N. Main Street, calls for the construction of 97 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing, accompanied by nearly 72,000 square feet of commercial space which will house medical offices and a market.

Other elements of the project include case management services provided by Violence Intervention Program Community Mental Health Center and The People Concern, a Homegirl Café and a childcare center, and a mental health center focused on children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

View from Main and Johnston StreetAC Martin

Plans call for a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom dwellings, priced for very low- and extremely low-income households, and reserved for transition-aged youth, survivors of domestic violence, seniors, and veterans. Rents are expected to range from $591 to $1,521 per month.

AC Martin is designing the new five-story building. Decro will also preserve a trio of early 20th century houses and incorporate them into the project.

Per a 2021 application for tax credit financing, the total budget for The Brine is estimated at roughly $55 million - or roughly $571,000 per unit.

View from Hancock StreetAC Martin

The project's unique name is a reference to the A 1 Eastern Homemade Pickle Company, a long time occupant of the development site.

Completion of The Brine is expected in Summer 2023.

Decro Corp. is partnering on supportive housing projects in several Los Angeles neighborhoods, including Westlake, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, and Watts.

Looking for affordable housing? Visit lahousing.lacity.org/aahr and housing.lacounty.gov

California's 2021 state income limits

Click here for additional affordable housing resources