In Harvard Heights, vertical construction is complete for McDaniel House, a new permanent supportive housing complex from co-developers Daylight Community Development and Decro Corp.

The project, which replaced a pair of single-family homes located at 1043-1049 Harvard Boulevard, consists of a four-story building which will feature 47 apartments for unhoused seniors, as well as a 1,888-square-foot amenity space.

Construction of McDaniel HouseUrbanize LA

Studio One Eleven designed the building, which is composed of prefabricated modular units, arranged to scale down in height toward adjacent single-level structures. The building incorporates an open staircase to maintain usable floor area for housing, while also providing additional open spaces such as a rear yard, a courtyard, and a rooftop garden.

According to a 2021 staff report to the L.A. City Council, the total cost of the apartment complex is $22 million, amounting to a per-unit price tag of $469,000. That total includes $10.7 million in bonds, as well as an allocation from Measure HHH.

Prior to the project's groundbreaking, McDaniel House was on track to open in 2023.

Rendering of McDaniel House in Harvard HeightsStudio One Eleven

McDaniel House, which is one of numerous modular apartment buildings that are being developed by Decro and Daylight, is named in honor of the famous Black actress Hattie McDaniel, who successfully fought to reverse restrictive housing covenants in the neighboring West Adams community.

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