Heavy equipment has appeared at a City-owned property at in the Broadway-Manchester community, future site of the Isla Intersections development. 

The project, a joint venture between Clifford Beers Housing and American Family Housing, is located at 283 W. Imperial Highway - a short distance northeast of Metro's Harbor Freeway Station.  Plans call for the construction of a five-story structure - composed of prefabricated modular units - featuring 53 studio apartments with 900 square feet of ground-floor commercial uses.

LOHA is designing the project, which will stack the modular units to create terrace decks atop roof levels.  Plans also call for the conversion of Athens Way into a "shared street" called the Annenberg Paseo, named for the Annenberg Foundation, which is providing funding for the project.

The use of prefabricated modular units will allow for a speedier construction timeline when compared to a traditional podium-type apartment building.  Assembly of the units is expected to take 30 days, with the entire build out of Isla Intersections scheduled to occur over one year.

The roughly $22-million development will be priced for formerly homeless persons earning at or below 30 and 40 percent of the area median income upon completion, according to a staff report by the Housing and Community Investment Department.

The project's lead developer, Clifford Beers Housing, has several other projects planned or under construction in Los Angeles County, including the Vistas del Puerto apartments in Long Beach and the Corazon del Valle apartments in Panorama City.

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