In University Park, the former site of a Grinder restaurant has been cleared to dirt, and a mixed-use development featuring housing and retail is about to rise in its place.

Aerial view looking northeastAntunovich & Associates

The project, called the Hub on Figueroa, is being developed as a joint venture between Amplify Development Co. and Core Spaces.  Plans approved earlier this year by the City of Los Angeles call for the construction of a seven-story edifice at 28th and Figueroa Streets featuring 157 apartments above 5,128 square feet of ground-floor retail and a semi-subterranean parking garage.

In exchange for Transit Oriented Communities development incentives permitting a larger building than allowed by zoning, the developers are required to set aside 18 of the proposed studio, one, two-, three-, four-, and five-bedroom dwellings as deed-restricted very low-income housing.  Seven additional apartments would also be set aside voluntarily as workforce housing.

View looking southwest from FlowerAntunovich & Associates

Antunovich & Associates is designing the project, which is depicted in renderings as a contemporary podium-type building with an articulated facade and a large rooftop amenity deck.

Ground-up construction for the project is expected to begin in August 2021, according to the project's general contractor Milender White.

Future site of the Hub on Figueroa, view from Flower Street looking southwestUrbanize LA

Amplify and Core Spaces are also behind a similar mixed-use project now under construction at the intersection of 38th and Figueroa Streets.  Both are expected to cater to students attending nearby universities such as USC.