A parking lot on the border between El Sereno and Montecito Heights could be redeveloped with multifamily housing and retail space, according to an application recently submitted to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

The proposed project, slated for a roughly 8,400-square-foot property at the southwest corner of Huntington and Moonstone Drives, calls for the construction of a new four-story edifice featuring 22 apartments above 514 square feet of ground-floor retail space and parking for 13 vehicles.

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Project applicant Brian Martin has requested the approval of density bonus incentives and a conditional use permit for the proposed apartment complex, allowing for a larger building that would be permissible based on the property's zoning.  In exchange for additional floor area and density, four of the studio and one-bedroom apartments would be set aside as deed-restricted affordable housing at the very low-income level.

Architect David Gonzalez Rojas is designing the Huntington Apartments, which is depicted as a contemporary low-rise structure lined with inset balconies and clad in painted cement plaster.  Plans call for a landscaped outdoor deck facing the rear property line.

The proposed development’s entitlement request will require a hearing before the City Planning Commission for approval.

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The project site sits west across Huntington Drive from the future Rosa de Castilla apartments, a mixed-use affordable housing complex now being built by East L.A. Community Corporation.

Just east of Huntington, an undeveloped hillside lot is slated for the construction of 32 single-family homes.