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Michael Maltzan designing new Skid Row affordable housing project

A new 14-story building for Skid Row Housing Trust

The new Maltzan-designed structure will replace these buildings.
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Los Angeles architect Michael Maltzman, who designed One Santa Fe in the Arts District, will design a new affordable housing complex on Skid Row.

The complex, developed by Skid Row Housing Trust (SRHT), will bring 150 affordable units on 5th Street, between Towne Avenue and Crocker Street in Skid Row. The two existing buildings on the site were converted to single-resident occupancy housing by SRHT in the 1990s, and currently operate as such. They hold a total 146 units.

Star Apartments
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SRHT’s communications manager Heidi Genrich tells Curbed that the Maltzan-designed project is “a replacement permanent supportive housing project.” The new structure will feature studio apartments with “modern amenities” and spaces that better accommodate on-site supportive services.

Plans for the project were filed with the city last week. It’s not yet known what Maltzan’s design for the new structure will look like.

Maltzan worked with SRHT to design the Star Apartments, a pre-fab complex with 102 residential units for formerly homeless tenants. He’s also the architect behind the new Sixth Street Viaduct and the revamp of the Hammer Museum in Westwood.

Genrich says the project is still in the very early stages, and there’s no timeline or financial plan yet, though SRHT does think they’ll be ready to start construction in two to five years.