Just west of the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Plaza shopping mall, prolific local developer SoLa Impact has commenced work on yet another multifamily residential complex.

The South Los Angeles-based firm's latest project, now underway at 4008 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, will consist of a five-story building featuring 70 studio and one-bedroom apartments above 437 square feet of street-level retail space and 35 parking stalls.

View of 4008 MLK looking southwest from Martin Luther King Jr. BoulevardThe Architects Collective

Project entitlements rely on Transit Oriented Communities development incentives to permit a taller, denser structure than otherwise allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, seven of the new apartments are to be set aside as affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

The Architects Collective is designing 4008 MLK, which will consist of four levels of wood construction above a concrete podium. Renderings depict the finished product with a contemporary look, and amenity spaces including outdoor decks at the second and roof levels.

Construction at 4008 MLK BoulevardUrbanize LA

SoLa Impact, founded in 2015, develops affordable and mixed-income housing across South Los Angeles and other neighborhoods using opportunity zone funds. The company's portfolio, which totals more than 1,500 affordable units, includes a small apartment building already under construction a few blocks away in Baldwin Hills.

The project may be a harbinger of things to come in the surrounding neighborhood, which has already seen the approval of a plan to add new housing and commercial spaces to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall, as well as a pending project which could bring offices and retail to the long-vacant Marlton Square site. Those proposed developments follow the recent arrival of Metro's K Line, which has a station adjacent to the mall.

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