A year-and-a-half after obtaining approvals to construct a seven-story apartment complex in Carthay, the Amoroso Group of Companies is starting from scratch.

Yesterday, the developer submitted an application the Los Angeles Planning Department to construct a seven-story, 114-unit apartment building on mostly vacant lot at 1056 S. La Cienega Boulevard.  Plans call for 12 units to be set aside as affordable housing at the extremely low-income level, allowing for a 70 percent density bonus under the Transit Oriented Communities Guidelines.

Currently approved plans for the approximately 35,000-square-foot site would allow for a seven-story building featuring 90 apartments, with a total of eight units designated as affordable housing at the very low-income level.  That project, designed by Santa Monica-based KFA Architecture, was approved with less generous affordable housing incentives under the SB1818 density bonus law.

The Amoroso Companies joins a handful of developers who have sought new entitlements for already-approved projects, and even under-construction projects, through the Transit Oriented Communities program.  Just last week, a property owner in Hollywood submitted an application that would nearly double the number of apartments in a four-story development at Melrose and Highland Avenue.

The Amoroso Companies has recently built several similar developments in the City of Los Angeles, and have shown a particular fondness for Pico Boulevard.  In West Los Angeles, the developer has two projects along Pico that are already complete or under construction, and recently submitted plans to build a third.