The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has voted to uphold approvals granted for a proposed multifamily housing development in Historic Filipinotown, rejecting the appeal of an adjacent property owner.

The proposed development, which would replace small commercial and residential buildings at 2017-2021 W. Temple Street, calls for the construction of a five-story building featuring 40 studio and one-bedroom apartments above a 26-car garage.  Under the approved plans, project applicant Mark Haloossim is required to set aside four apartments for extremely low-income households, allowing for additional height and less open space than would normally be required by the property's zoning.

AFCO Design, Inc. is designing the low-rise development, which would activate its ground-level with street-facing tenant amenities.  The five-story edifice would be capped by a rooftop deck.

The project appellant, identified as the Ramos Trust, argued that development incentives granted to the project are inappropriate given the scale of surrounding properties and the total amount of on-site affordable housing planned.  A staff response found that the project had complied with zoning rules for the property, including the Transit Oriented Communities guidelines.

While the appeal was rejected, Commissioners voted to place a condition of approval on the development requiring design changes for the proposed apartment building.

Several other multifamily residential developments are planned in the surrounding community, including a mixed-use apartment building slated for a property one block west on Alvarado Street and a proposed supportive housing complex one block east on Westlake Avenue.