Architectural plans posted by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council unveil renderings for a proposed permanent supportive housing complex near the intersection of Melrose and Western Avenues.

The project, which would replace a commercial building at 525 N. Western Avenue, received a determination letter from the Department of City Planning in March 2020.  Plans call for clearing the existing building and adjoining parking lot to make way for the construction of a five-story edifice containing 64 apartments - including 63 low-income units - and 15 at-grade parking spaces.

KFA Architecture is designing the development, which is named the Maple Apartments.  Floor plans show that the contemporary low-rise structures would include a podium-level courtyard, a rooftop deck, and a community room.

Affordable Housing CDC, the development firm behind the project, is slated to receive $6.6 million in Measure HHH funding for construction of the apartment complex.  Its total budget is estimated at $30.9 million.

A handful of market-rate housing projects are planned along a nearby stretch of Melrose Avenue in the East Hollywood neighborhood.

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