Metro has unveiled a new look for the proposed mixed-use affordable housing development that would rise above the Red Line's Vermont/Santa Monica Station in East Hollywood.

The project, which is being developed by Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), would rise from a 1.5-acre site fronting Vermont Avenue, Santa Monica Boulevard, and New Hampshire Avenue.  The non-profit developer has filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to construct a building containing up to 187 residential units, including 105 for extremely low-income households, 80 for very low-income households, and two market rate manager's apartments.

According to Metro, the project will set aside approximately half of its units for families and individuals with special needs.  Other component of the Vermont/Santa Monica development will include 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, on-site supportive services for residents, and new station amenities for the 4,000 passengers that use the subway station each day.

The contemporary six-story structure is being designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture.

Construction is anticipated to begin in 2021.

Little Tokyo Service Center, headquartered in Japanese-American enclave of the same name, is planning similar affordable housing developments adjacent to the Japanese American National Museum and at the former home of the Umeya Rice Cake Company.  LTSC is also building the Terasaki Budokan, a new community center and athletic facility on Los Angeles Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

A half-block east on Santa Monica Boulevard, another large development featuring 177 apartments could replace the Union Swapmeet.