The Dorset Village Apartments in Hyde Park could be redeveloped with a larger multifamily residential complex, according to plans filed yesterday with the City of Los Angeles.
The eight-acre property, located at 3100 W. Slauson Avenue, is slated for the construction of a seven-story complex featuring 782 apartments - including 141 set aside for lower-income renters - and 713 parking spaces. The proposed development would be achieved through Transit Oriented Communities incentives, with a request for a 33-foot increase on the maximum height for the property.
Dorset Village Partners, Inc. - affiliate of Hollywood-based Millennium Holdings, Inc. - is listed as the property's owner. The project's case filing lists the project's applicant as Jeff Greene, whose past holdings include the Rolland Curtis Gardens near USC.
Architectural plans unearthed by Sahra Sulaiman at Streetsblog show a series of interconnected podium-type buildings, designed by HKS Architects, which range between three and seven stories in height. Plans call for a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, in addition to several landscaped courtyards, swimming pools, a basketball court, and a sand volleyball court.
Built in the early 1940s, Dorset Village consists of 26 two-story buildings with a total of 196 residential units. Developed by Consolidated Hotels, Inc. A report published in 2016 by the City's Office of Historic Resources found the property to be "an excellent example of a private garden apartment complex," with a traditional array of low-rise buildings, shared courtyards, and separated automobile and pedestrian traffic.
The project's 141 affordable units - priced for extremely low-, very low-, and low-income households - would by some measures be the largest on-site affordable set aside of any development in the City of Los Angeles, outstripping the total number of units planned at even the Hollywood Center and Martin Expo Town Center projects. Nonetheless, as the project would fall short of replacing the existing 202 rent-stabilized apartments at a one-to-one ratio.
The property is located a block east of the intersection of Slauson and Crenshaw Boulevard, where construction is currently underway for the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line's Hyde Park Station. The intersection was recently named in honor of the late rapper and community leader Nipsey Hussle, who was gunned down on March 31 in front of his store, Marathon Clothing.
Dorset Village, the property slated for redevelopment, featured prominently in Hussle's 2014 showcase of the Crenshaw neighborhood and served as the backdrop of the music video for "Question #1".
The Dorset Village project is one of several large developments proposed along the path of the Crenshaw/LAX Line, highlighted by the proposed addition of housing, office space, and a hotel to the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Plaza shopping mall.
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