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150 affordable units planned for Skid Row

Not far from another, similarly sized affordable project

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A new project right in Skid Row could bring new affordable housing to the neighborhood.

Plans were filed Thursday with the city to build a 14-story building with 150 affordable units (plus one manager’s unit) in an approximately 77,000-square-foot building. The planned building would rise on 5th Street, between Towne Avenue and Crocker Street.

Urbanize LA notes there are two buildings on the site now operating as residential right now. They were converted in the 1990s by Skid Row Housing Trust; it’s not clear from the filing whether they will have a place in the new project.

Skid Row Housing Trust was the developer behind the New Pershing Apartments, which saw the 1889 Pershing Hotel turned into apartments for low-income tenants in 2015.

Over on Crocker and 6th, nonprofit Weingart is aiming to build its own 14-story tower containing 200 affordable apartments. Weingart operates the nearby Weingart Center, which offers transitional housing, job training, and food to the people of Skid Row.