Less than a year after razing a vacant automobile repair shop across the street from Sony Pictures Studios, construction has started in earnest for a mixed-use project from Hong Kong-based real estate development firm Guo Rui Group.
The project, located at the northeast corner of Washington Boulevard and Motor Avenue in Palms, will consist of a seven-story building containing 139 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above approximately 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and parking for 140 vehicles.
Guo Rui Group entitled the project using Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a larger structure than otherwise allowed by local zoning rules. The developer will set aside 14 apartments as deed-restricted affordable housing at the extremely low-income level in exchange for the incentives.
Designed by Kevin Tsai Architecture, the contemporary low-rise structure will feature a U-shaped footprint wrapping a podium-level courtyard. Other open spaces would be provided through a series of setbacks and terrace decks.
Tsai previously indicated that the Washington-Motor development is expected to be built over period of 24 months.
Directly across Motor Avenue, California Landmark Group has secured approvals to redevelop a thrift store with a 112-unit apartment building, and recently completed vertical construction of a 79-unit complex one block north on Venice Boulevard.
To the east on Washington Boulevard, Beverly Hills-based Mapleton Properties is planning a multi-phase project with more than 200 apartments.
- 10375 Washington Boulevard (Urbanize LA)