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Five-story residential project planned near the Expo Line in West LA

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129 units would replace a Sawtelle strip mall

Rendering of the project Department of City Planning

A strip mall in Sawtelle could soon make way for a new residential development with 129 units, according to an initial study published on the Department of City Planning website last week.

The five-story, DFH Architects-designed structure would be built atop a two-level underground parking structure with 154 spaces for cars and an additional 146 spaces for bikes. 17,776 square feet of open space would also be featured in the project, while proposed amenities for residents include a gym, barbecue area, lounge, and rooftop community garden.

Of the 129 units, 63 will be studios, 60 will be one-bedrooms, and the remaining six will be two-bedroom units. 15 of the total units will be set aside for residents making less than half of the median income in the area, though it’s not clear what size those units will be.

Located at 11460 Gateway Boulevard, the project site is convenient to the Expo Line, sitting roughly halfway between the Sepulveda and the Bundy stops. It’s one of many projects planned along the newly extended light rail route. Those include the huge Casden West LA project set to rise at Pico and Sepulveda and the flashy Martin Expo Town Center, which could soon replace a Cadillac/GMC dealership at Olympic and Bundy.

According to the study, construction on the project will begin in 2018, wrapping up about 20 months later.