A small commercial building in Mid-Wilshire has bitten the dust, and a multifamily residential development is slated to rise in its place.


The property, located at the northeast corner of 9th Street and La Brea Avenue, was formerly home to a ramen restaurant and an assortment of other small businesses.  Building permits approved for the site call for replacing those uses with a seven-story edifice featuring 53 apartments atop ground-floor commercial space and two levels of basement parking.

Transit Oriented Communities incentives approved with the construction permits would allow for additional height and density in exchange for setting aside six of the apartments as extremely low-income affordable housing.

City records list the project's developer as Los Angeles-based Halco Management, and its design firm as OPEN Architects.  Both entities were affiliated with a smaller project approved for the site in 2017, which had called for a five-story structure containing 40 apartments.

The development, located two blocks south of the future Wilshire/La Brea subway station, is one of a handful of multifamily residential buildings now under construction along La Brea.

Immediately north of Halco's project, Wiseman Residential is nearly one year into construction at a six-story, 53-unit housing development.

Three blocks south at La Brea and 12th Street, a seven-story, 67-unit apartment complex with retail broke ground earlier this year.