48 affordable housing units planned for East Side

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.”

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Manny
Manny
5 months ago

I guess we’ll find out what “affordable” means when this project goes before the Planning Commission.

susan
susan
5 months ago

where are the other cars supposed to park? there are already a lack of public parking spaces on that block.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
5 months ago

Why the social services office and the community room? Why not use that space for more apartments?

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
5 months ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Perhaps this will serve as much needed transitional housing where a community room and office for social services would be both necessary and welcome.

Graham
Graham
5 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

You don’t live in our neighborhood so let me shed some light on it. They have 9 different projects going up at the same time just on Formosa and Detroit. Between the laborers and builders, who put up fake tow away no parking signs, and the city that gives them out ad nauseum there are no parking spots left. Then you mix in 20-30 new tenant cars plus those special social workers that will probably get special spots and making more handicap spots out of public parking to accommodate the new tenants, nobody will be able to park within even… Read more »

From Compassionate to Caustic
From Compassionate to Caustic
5 months ago
Reply to  Graham

Graham, you have made some astute observations and this specific tropic should be one explored in a Residents Forum suggested in response to Alan Strasberg’s Op Ed

Graham
Graham
5 months ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Great. No parking already and crime up 137% I can’t wait for the trash to move next door to destroy the rest of the neighborhood and make me Park 9 blocks away…Can’t wait until November. F LIBERALS.

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