The corner of Detroit Street and Lexington Ave. in West Hollywood could soon be home to a five-story affordable housing complex.
The project at 1201 N. Detroit Street will house 48 studio-size apartments no larger than 448 square feet each. The building will contain parking space for 21 vehicles and will feature a social services offices, a community room and a street-facing corner garden.
The building will be clad in unusual “Phenolic panels” baseed on thermosetting resins, homogenously reinforced with wood fibers and manufactured under high pressure and temperature. Using special techniques, the panels have an integrated, decorative surface with pigmented resins.
The Design Review Subcommittee was presented with plans for 1201 N. Detroit by DE Architects at their meeting last week.
The staff report’s authors in City Hall seemed encouraged by the plans:
“Overall, this affordable housing project will serve an important role within the community. The front corner garden is an urban design asset that provides relief to the corner as well as enhancing the city’s local ecosystem. With some formal and material refinements to the design, the project would also be able to support so many of the city’s environmental, sustainability, and socio-economic resilience goals. Furthermore, its location is extremely well-suited, proximate to Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.”