|Crenshaw Villas Apartments (Image: American Communities, LLC)|
As excavation for the $2-billion Crenshaw Line continues to frustrate business owners and motorists alike, two locally-based non-profit organizations are working to build affordable housing near the light rail line's forthcoming northern terminus.
Los Angeles-based American Communities, LLC has filed plans with the city to build a low-rise complex known as the Crenshaw Villas Apartments. The project would replace an existing commercial building at 2631-2645 Crenshaw Boulevard.
Plans call for a five-story structure containing 50 one-and-two-bedroom apartments, 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 36 parking stalls in a partially underground garage. Residential units would be reserved for low-income seniors who earn less than half of the city's median household income.
|Crenshaw Gardens Apartments (Image: RHF)|
Three blocks south, the Long Beach-based Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) has filed plans for a second affordable housing complex at 3411-3429 Crenshaw Boulevard.
The approximately one-acre development site, currently occupied by a series of nondescript one-story structures, would birth a "Modern Spanish"-inspired building known as the Crenshaw Gardens Apartments. The five-story edifice would feature 49 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments on its upper floors and a combined 5,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space at ground level. Two floors of garage space would sit beneath the residential-retail complex, offering parking accommodations for up to 68 vehicles and 54 bicycles.
Like its neighbor to the north, the Crenshaw Gardens Apartments would be reserved for low-income seniors earning less than half the Los Angeles median household income.
|Crenshaw Villas Apartments and Crenshaw Gardens Apartments. Expo and Crenshaw Lines highlighted in aqua and brown.|
Both developments emphasis their proximity to rail transit. Crenshaw Villas, located just south of Adams Boulevard, would sit slightly over a half-mile from an existing at-grade Expo Line station and a future subway terminal. Crenshaw Gardens, located on Jefferson Boulevard, would sit less than a quarter-mile from the station.