Architectural plans submitted to the Crenshaw Corridor Design Review Board offer a look at a proposed mixed-use development which would rise just south of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping mall.
In September 2019, an entity affiliated with Axiom Real Estate Investments filed an application with the City of Los Angeles to redevelop a 20,000-square-foot site at the southwest corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Stocker Street in Leimert Park. The project, which would replace a commercial building which was formerly home to the Liquor Bank, which calls for the construction of a six-story edifice containing 64 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and parking for 50 vehicles.
Requested entitlements for the project include SB 1818 density bonus incentives allowed for increased height and density, as well as reductions to required setbacks and open space. In exchange, the developer would set aside a portion of the apartments as deed-restricted affordable housing.
The proposed development is being designed by AFCO Design, and is depicted in renderings as a contemporary podium-type structure clad in stucco and terra cotta panels. Space would be provided along the building's southern elevation for a mural.
Several similar mixed-use and multifamily residential developments are planned for nearby properties, including a proposed 124-unit apartment complex slated to replace a car wash on the opposite side of Crenshaw Boulevard.
North across Stocker Street, plans were approved in 2018 to redevelop portions of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall with housing, offices, and new retail uses. While developer CIM Group struck a tentative agreement to acquire the property in April, with the stated intent of discarding the approved plan, a wave of community opposition ultimately felled the deal.
The largest project in progress in the surrounding community sits underground - Metro's Crenshaw/LAX line - which will have underground stations at Leimert Park and the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards. The 8.5-mile transit corridor is now on pace to open in 2021 after numerous delays.
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