At its meeting last week, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission signed off on proposed affordable housing developments located in Montecito HeightsCentral-Alameda, and Wilmington.  The three projects, each from different developers, would create a total of 374 residential units of completed as currently envisioned.

Rose Hill Courts

In Montecito Heights, Related California and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles moved one step closer to redeveloping the Rose Hill Courts public housing complex - located on a five-acre site at 4446 Florizel Street.

Plans call for a phased rebuild of the existing 100-unit complex, nearly doubling the amount of on-site affordable housing to 191 residential units.

Current residents of Rose Hill Courts have been offered a right to return upon completion, and construction is to be phased to allow for temporary relocation to other parts of the property during the build out.  Should residents opt against returning, they will be offered relocation assistance.

Construction of the Withee Malcom-designed development is currently expected to begin in 2021 and conclude by 2024.

The Housing Authority is also redeveloping several of its other assets, including the Jordan Downs community in Watts and the Rancho San Pedro complex near the L.A. Waterfront.

Parkview Project

The Commission also voted in favor of developer Thomas Safran & Associates' proposed Parkview Project, slated for a property at 4020 S. Compton Avenue in the Central-Alameda neighborhood.  

Plans call for the construction of multiple three-story structures containing 127 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments - priced for low- and extremely low-income households - surrounding a large central courtyard.  

Parkview, designed by Anand Devarajan Architecture, is expected to open in 2022, according to an environmental study conducted for the project.

1424 N. Deepwater Avenue

The final project, which is being developed by LINC Housing Corporation, would rise from a vacant lot at 1424 N. Deepwater Avenue in Wilmington.

The proposed development calls for the construction of a three-story edifice featuring 56 apartments - including 55 low-income senior affordable units for seniors and one manager's unit - with on-site supportive services and surface parking for 19 vehicles.

D33 Design & Planning, which frequently works with LINC Housing, is designing the project.

Though the Deepwater apartment complex was approved, the project faced some pushback from a voiciferous group of Wilmington residents who argued against a zone change for the property.  Additionally, some commenters contended that plans to abandon an active oil well now on the property were insufficient, and the presence of that oil well could pose a danger to future residents.

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