A developer could secure up to $45 million in bonds to construct a large affordable housing complex on an empty lot in South Los Angeles, per a motion introduced last week by City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

Rendering of the Manchester Urban Homes looking northwest from 88th and BroadwayJohn V. Mutlow Architects

The proposed development, named the the Manchester Urban Homes, would rise from a 2.7 acres of land at the northwest corner of 88th Street and Broadway.  The proposed project would create a total of 122 residential units - including a 76-unit apartment building facing Broadway and 46 townhomes on land at the rear of the site - accompanied by street-fronting amenities and retail space.

Neighborhood Housing Services of L.A. County, the non-profit developer behind the project, recently secured entitlements using Transit Oriented Communities development incentives to permit a larger structure than allowed by local zoning rules.  The organization's proposed project would include a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, all of which would be set aside as deed-restricted affordable housing save for two manager's units.

John V. Mutlow Architects, Inc.  is designing the project, which would include a four-story structure facing Broadway and a series of  townhomes located in eight two-story buildings to the west.

View of the Manchester Urban Homes site from 88th and BroadwayGoogle Street View

Other projects planned nearby include a mixed-use apartment complex slated for city-owned land at 94th Street and Broadway.

In a separate motion, 15th District Councilmember Joe Buscaino indicates that developer Century Housing Corp. is requesting up to $26.5 million in bonds for the construction of a new supportive housing complex in Wilmington.

The project, planned for an empty lot at 841 N. Banning Boulevard, calls for the construction of a multi-story building featuring 64 residential units.

841 N. Banning BoulevardGoogle Street View

Century Housing was previously allocated $8 million in Measure HHH funding for the proposed development, which would carry a total cost of more than $31 million.

Both motions were approved by the full City Council as part of its consent calendar agenda on October 20.  Issuance of funding will be subject to a future vote.

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