Six months after starting construction near the intersection of Western Avenue and Imperial Highway, a roughly $30-million permanent supportive housing development from Affirmed Housing Group has reached its peak in the unincorporated community of Athens.

Rendering of WesthavenAC Martin

The project, called Westhaven, consists of a five-story, wood-frame building at 11609 S. Western Avenue that will feature 57 low-income apartments and a 34-car garage upon completion.

Approved plans call for a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments, which will be reserved for households earning between 30 and 50 percent of the area median income, according to a staff report to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.  Rents are expected to range from $591 to $633 per month.

Designed by AC Martin, Westhaven has been described as featuring a "sliding building mass, and articulated with varied joints and rhythms across the building façade."

The development sits on the far west edge of a roughly 658-acre expanse of unincorporated Los Angeles County which was rezoned last year to incentivize the construction of new housing along major transit corridors. Much of the plan's anticipated growth is centered on the intersection of Western and Imperial Highway.

11609 S Western AvenueGoogle Maps

A similar project - a 39-unit low-income housing development from Abode Communities - opened last year a short distance north on Imperial Highway.

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