A construction crane protrudes high above the former site of the Umeya Rice Cake Company in Downtown, where work commenced last year for a new affordable and supportive housing complex from Little Tokyo Service Center.

The project, named The Umeya for the former occupant of the site at 412-426 S. Crocker Street, will eventually consist of a seven-story building featuring 175 apartments studio, one-, and two-bedroom unit apartments.

Construction of The UmeyaUrbanize LA

LTSC will set aside all of the apartments for rent by low-, very low-, and extremely low-income households, including half as permanent supportive housing, offering wraparound services to formerly unhoused residents.

FSY Architects is designing the contemporary low-rise structure, which will have a V-shaped foot print, leaving space for two courtyards at street level. Plans also call for 13,000 square feet of ground floor space dedicated to community uses, retail, and service providers. A new mural by Skid Row artist Showzart will adorn the wall of the apartment complex.

View from Towne AvenueLTSC

The new apartment building is set for completion in 2025.

The project is among a handful of new affordable housing developments from LTSC now in the construction stage, joining projects above Metro's Vermont/Santa Monica Station in East Hollywood and at 823 Cleveland Street in Chinatown. More recently, LTSC started work on a mixed-use project just north of the Japanese American National Museum.

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