In Downtown Los Angeles, non-profit developer Mercy Housing of California has broken ground on a new affordable permanent supportive housing complex.

The 6th Street Place apartments, located at the northeast corner of 6th and San Julian Streets, will rise from a site which was once home to the  "Skid Row City Limits" mural. Approved plans call for the construction of a six-story structure featuring 94 residential units above ground-floor commercial space and a small parking lot.

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TCA Architects is designing the project, with RELM serving as landscape architect.

"The design goal of 6th Street Place is to provide a unique opportunity for homeless residents to contribute to the community by expressing their individuality through artistic means," reads a narrative posted to the TCA website. "A resident 'art mural' at the ground floor creates opportunities for residents to contribute a piece of art in the form of a wall tile. The mosaic mural will evolve through time as more tiles are infilled."

The Council's vote will provide up to $39.6 million in multifamily housing revenue bonds for the project. That money will supplement $5 million already allocated to the project by Los Angeles County. At the time it was initially proposed, 6th Street Place was budgeted at just over $54 million.

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The project is located a block west of the intersection of 6th and San Pedro Streets, where the Weingart Center broke ground last year on a 19-story tower which will be the largest supportive housing development in Los Angeles when completed. Weingart has two additional buildings planned at the same intersection.

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