A series of early 20th century buildings near the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Normandie Avenue in Pico-Union could make way for a new affordable housing complex, according to plans submitted earlier this month to the City of Los Angeles.

The proposed development, which would replace six apartments at 1228-1240 S. Normandie Avenue, calls for the construction of a new five-story edifice featuring 75 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above parking for 12 vehicles.

LPA, Inc. is designing the project, which would employ prefabricated modular construction - specifically recycled shipping containers.  The units would be arranged in U-shaped footprint, wrapping around central courtyard.  Other proposed open spaces include an outdoor deck overlooking Normandie Avenue and a side yard.

Architectural plans and city records list the project applicant at HM Land Development, LLC, an entity affiliated with Downtown-based general contractor Shangri-LA Construction.

Other projects planned in the surrounding neighborhood include a mixed-use apartment building now under construction near Pico and Western Avenue and a similar affordable housing complex proposed near Pico and Vermont Avenue.

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