In Koreatown, the wrapping is off at Western Station, one of numerous residential projects from developer Jamison Services, Inc. in the neighborhood

Located on an L-shaped property at 800 S. Western Avenue, the project consists of an eight-story building that will feature 230 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments with 13,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space when completed. The complex, which sits at the southeast corner of 8th Street and Western Avenue, retains and incorporates the historic Pellissier Square Garage, which is being repurposed as a combination of retail, residential amenities, and parking for the new apartments.

View looking southeast from 8th and WesternUrbanize LA

The project was entitled using Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a larger structure than normally allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, Jamison must reserve 23 of the new apartments as deed-restricted affordable housing for a period of 55 years.

KTGY is designing the contemporary podium-type building, which is clad in blue stucco.

"The contemporary design is expressed through the bold horizontal blue slate massing; staggered windows and fenestration elements help break-up the otherwise smooth façade," reads a narrative from KTGY's website. "Several corner balconies suspended within a large 'lantern-like' element framed with clean lines protrude out from the North façade further emphasizing the community’s architectural style."

View looking east from Western AvenueKTGY

This is the second plan which Jamison has entitled for the property at 8th and Western. Previously, the Koreatown-based firm had proposed a 12-story structure containing a 148-room hotel, 96 apartments, and 58,000 square feet of commercial space on the property, but stepped away from that plan shortly after securing approvals in 2018, pivoting to the current project.

Besides Western Station, Jamison has recently built a smaller 157-unit development one block east along 8th Street, and is planning a 125-unit building just north along Western.

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