In Boyle Heights, a small commercial building and an industrial facility near the 5 freeway has made way for a new affordable housing complex from Mercy Housing California.

The project, now rising from a site located at 3552 Whittier Boulevard, is permitted for the construction of a new multi-story building  featuring 63 studio apartments - averaging 305 square feet in size - as well as one manager's unit.

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Abode Communities is also designing the building, which will be composed of four levels of prefabricated modular units stacked atop a concrete base.

The L.A. City Council voted in April 2022 to approved $18.6 million of funding for the Whittier project - including $16.3 million in tax-exempt bonds and $2.3 million in taxable bonds. The total cost of the project, estimated at $35.4 million, translates to a per-unit price tag of roughly $553,000.

The new development follows a pair of similar affordable projects completed by Meta Housing at Whittier Boulevard's intersection with Downey Avenue in the neighboring unincorporated community of East Los Angeles.

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The same team attached to 3552 Whittier is also behind similar projects planned or underway in San Pedro, Harbor City, Reseda and Chatsworth.

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