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The Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday approved plans by the Downtown Women’s Center to expand its campus with a seven-story, 98-unit supportive housing development.
The Skid Row project will rise in place of a half-acre parking lot at the northeastern corner of the intersection of San Pedro and 5th Streets, just south of the Downtown Women’s Center’s existing campus. It will hold 97 below-market-rate, approximately 300-square-foot studio units and one manager’s unit. Five apartments will be reserved for extremely low-income households, six for very low-income households, and 86 for low-income households, plans show.
Designs for the planned 85-foot-tall development are being led by architect of record KFA Architecture, design architect Gensler, and landscape architect [place], plans show. They include about 10,000 square feet of ground-floor supportive service space, including 16 private offices for case management, private counseling, and mental wellness care.
The community will also provide about 10,000 square feet of open space, including three community rooms and three courtyards. An approximately 5,000-square-foot north courtyard will hold a healing garden, open seating, and other features.
Represented on the project by Daylight Community Development, DWC first filed plans for the expansion project earlier this year. The proposed project was reviewed and then supported by the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council in July and August.
The joint venture behind the project also involves GTM Holdings LLC, a company state business filings show is led by Mark Walther, president of general contractor United Building Company.