Just north of 8th Street in Koreatown, a block filled with vintage buildings is seeing its first new addition since the 1930s.

The project from developer Jamison Services, Inc., which replaced a surface parking lot at 738 S. Normandie Avenue, now consists of a seven-story building which will feature 50 studio and one-bedroom apartments above a 25-car underground parking garage.

Construction at 738 S. Normandie AvenueUrbanize LA

Project approvals include Transit Oriented Communities incentives, allowing for a larger building than typically allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, five of the apartments are to be set aside as deed-restricted affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

DFH Architects is designing 738 Normandie, which will have an exterior of brick veneer and stone, with the goal of blending in with its older neighbors to the north and south. The surrounding stretch of Normandie is a component of the Normandie-Mariposa Historic District, which was determined as being eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, and was automatically listed in the California Register of Historic Resources afterward, according to the Planning Department.

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Jamison, which has dozens of projects in the works in and around Koreatown, is not done with the Normandie-Mariposa district. The developer has also received approvals for a similar 44-unit project one block east on Mariposa Avenue, which would replace a surface parking lot with another historic-inspired building.

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