Gensler-Designed Supportive Housing Project Under Neighborhood Review In DTLA

Plans require a General Plan Amendment from light manufacturing to regional commercial to make way for nearly 100 apartments
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The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council‘s planning and land use committee Tuesday evening will review plans by the Downtown Women’s Center for a seven-story, 98-unit supportive housing project, its meeting agenda shows.

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Proposed earlier this year for a roughly 30,000-square-foot, city-owned lot in Skid Row, the project requires a General Plan Amendment from light manufacturing to regional center commercial, among other approvals, according to the DTLA council’s agenda. It would rise at the northeastern corner of East 5th and San Pedro Streets at 501 East 5th St., which is just south of the Downtown Women’s Center headquarters.

The proposal is being led by DWC Campus LP, a venture including the Downtown Women’s Center, Daylight Community Development, and GTM Holdings LLC. It also involves design architect Gensler, architect of record KFA Architecture, and project representative Dana Sayles of consulting firm three6ixty. Sayles will present the project to the DTLANC on Tuesday, according to the council’s meeting agenda.

The project would be fully affordable (besides one manager’s unit) and provide housing to victims of domestic violence and women experiencing homelessness. Plans call for five units to be reserved for extremely low-income households, six units for very low-income households, and 86 for low-income households. As of 2020, the state of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development considered low income for a one-person household to be $63,100 or less in Los Angeles County.

Along with apartments, the project would offer 10,000 square feet of ground-floor support space, an underground parking garage with 63 automobile spaces, and 81 bicycle spaces, plans show.

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Photo: Google Maps | A shot of 501 E. 5th St., where the Downtown Women’s Center has plans for a 98-unit supportive housing project.
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Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.
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