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Gaudi-Inspired Mixed-User Starting Work in Boyle Heights

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There's a groundbreaking tomorrow for the new Sol y Luna apartments on First Street in Boyle Heights. Put together by the community development organization East LA Community Corporation, the five-story mixed-user replaces a pretty horrific set of buildings that once housed a bar and nightclub that brought the ne'er-do-wells. The $22-million development has 53 units for low-income and very low-income families, with social services provided on site, as well as community rooms, playgrounds, and 5,000 square feet of retail. The mosaic-y design, from Silver Lake firm Birba Group Architects, is supposed to evoke Antoni Gaudi, the elaborately baroque Spanish architect responsible for much of Barcelona's look.
· Sol y Luna [ELACC]