In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission has approved the construction of a mixed-use development featuring special needs housing and commercial uses in the Pico-Robertson community.

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For more than one year, local non-profit organization Cornerstone Housing for Adults with Disabilities has sought to build a new six-story building at 9224 W. Pico Boulevard featuring 64 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above 9,400 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and a 55-car basement garage.

All of the apartments - including eight units of very low-income affordable housing - will be designated as supportive for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a staff report to the Commission.

The project, known as the Village, will involve a partnership with ETTA, another non-profit organization which specializes in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  ETTA has been tapped to provide on-site services for future residents of the apartment building.

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Urban Architecture Lab is designing the The Village, which is depicted in renderings as a contemporary six-story building clad in plaster.  In addition to housing, plans call for on-site amenities include a second-level terrace, a third-level courtyard, and a rooftop deck.

The vote by the Commission approves a suite of entitlements requested by Cornerstone, including density bonus incentives to permit a larger structure than allowed by zoning and a conditional use permit to allow for on-site alcohol sales at a ground-floor commercial establishment.

Cornerstone, which closed escrow on the project site in September 2020, is currently engaged in a fundraising effort for the new building.

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The Jewish Journal reports that The Village is expected to break ground before the end of 2021.