In Lincoln Heights, wood framing is on the rise for a new mixed-use complex just south of the Metro A Line's Heritage Square Station.

The project from Pinyon Group, now rising from a former industrial site at 141 Avenue 34, calls for a total of 468 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above roughly 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and parking for 311 vehicles.

Courtyards separating building at 141 Avenue 34KFA Architecture

Project approvals include Transit Oriented Communities incentives to allow greater density and less on-site parking than normally allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, 66 of the apartments are to be set aside as very low-income affordable housing for a period of 55 years.

KFA Architecture is designing the complex, which will include a trio of interconnected buildings ranging between four and five stories in height. Plans call for an exterior of stucco and metal, with buildings arranged parallel to one another and separated by outdoor amenity decks.

The project, which began work in late 2022, is expected to be built over a roughly three-year period.

Construction at 141 Avenue 34Dan Rosenkrantz

Approval of the Avenue 34 development did come controversy free. The mixed-use complex faced spirited pushback from Lincoln Heights resident, who argued that the proposed development accelerate gentrification of the surrounding neighborhood, and alleged that the excavation required for building foundations and subterranean parking would release toxins embedded in the soil - a vestige of past heavy industrial uses on the property.

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