Meta Housing Corp. is taking another step forward with its plan to redevelop Downtown's LAMP Lodge, according to a notice circulated by the City of Los Angeles.

The existing building, located at 656-660 Stanford Avenue, is currently improved with a three-story edifice which provides 50 single-room occupancy units.  Meta Housing intends to raze the structure to make way for the construction of a seven-story edifice which would feature one manager's apartment and 81 permanent supportive housing units, priced for individuals earning between 30 and 35 percent of the area median income.

KFA Architecture is designing the LAMP Lodge apartments, which would incorporate ancillary features such as a second-floor courtyard, a tenant garden, a community room, a laundry facility, and 16 at-grade parking spaces.  A rendering portrays a colorful building that will feature wood-frame construction above a concrete podium.

Later this month, the City of Los Angeles is expected to submit a request for federal funding for the LAMP Lodge project on behalf of Meta Housing.  The total request is for approximately $13.9 million - a substantial portion of the estimated $38-million budget for the project.

Meta Housing is among the most prolific developers of affordable housing in the Los Angeles area.  Their LAMP Lodge development joins a handful of projects from Skid Row Housing Trust that are now under construction nearby.

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