A small commercial building in Koreatown could be replaced by a mixed-use apartment building, according to plans submitted last week to the City of Los Angeles.
The project, which is proposed by developer Jamison Services, Inc., would rise at the northwest corner of 6th Street and Harvard Boulevard. Plans call for the construction of a seven-story edifice featuring 150 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above approximately 12,900 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and a two-level, 189-car underground parking garage.
Requested entitlements for the project include Transit Oriented Communities incentives allowing for reductions to normally-required on-site open space and setbacks. In exchange, Jamison Services would set aside 15 of the proposed apartments as deed-restricted affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.
Next Architecture is designing the contemporary podium-type building, which would have an exterior of multi-colored cement plaster accented with aluminum and metal elements. Architectural plans show a U-shaped building, wrapping around a podium-level courtyard. Other on-site amenities would include a dog park, a lounge, and a fitness center.
The development site, which is currently occupied by a post office, was previously slated for the construction of a 10-story hotel and condominium complex by developer Urban Commons. That project was formally withdrawn from entitlement proceedings in January 2020, according to city records.
Jamison Services, which ranks among the largest commercial property owners in the City of Los Angeles, has built numerous housing developments in its home neighborhood of Koreatown, including the Maya apartments one block east on Kingsley Drive and the Luna on Wilshire complex one block south.
The development site also sits just east of an empty lot on 6th Street, where a local investor has secured approvals for the construction of a 20-story hotel and residential tower. However, that development was dealt a setback in October, when the Los Angeles City Council opted against consideration of a subsidy for the proposed hotel due to a past legal dispute with the City over unpaid taxes.
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