The streamlined processing offered by the Mayor's Executive Directive 1 has been used on roughly 100 applications accounting for more than 7,000 potential units of affordable and permanent supportive housing. However, none are quiet like a project filed for review earlier this month in Boyle Heights.
On October 5, Toledo Capital Development, LLC submitted an application to the Planning Department seeking approvals for a mixed-use affordable housing complex at 2141 E. Cesar Chavez Avenue. But while most mixed-use developments combine commercial uses and housing under a single roof, Toledo's proposed development would introduce a different type of use: an art museum.
The project, dubbed Xola, would include two buildings. At the rear of the property, plans call for a 10-story, 126-foot-tall residential building featuring 19 one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings, all of which would be reserved for moderate-, low-, and very low-income households. At the front, facing Cesar Chavez Avenue, plans call for a smaller six-story, 96-foot-tall structure which would contain the proposed museum.
Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao is designing the complex, which would rise from a relatively compact site totaling just 7,670 square feet. Plans show buildings clad in glass and clay brick, with amenity decks at both rooftops and a courtyard breezeway at street level.
A project page from the Toledo Development website indicates that the museum would be dedicated to Chicano art.
The Xola development is one of a handful of ED1 projects pitched for the Boyle Heights neighborhood, including a proposed 51-unit complex near 1st and Soto Streets. The community has also started to see a handful of proposals for mixed-income and market-rate projects - including a 50-unit building which would rise from a neighboring site to the west at 2115 E. Cesar Chavez Avenue.
Follow us on social media:
- Boyle Heights (Urbanize LA)