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First look at 100-unit affordable housing complex headed for Westlake

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Across the street from MacArthur Park, the project would replace 36 rent-stabilized units

Courtesy of Abode Communities

More affordable housing could be heading to Westlake, thanks to a 100-unit complex planned for a site just across from MacArthur Park.

Abode Communities filed plans with the city last week for its latest project, a 100-unit, 100-percent affordable housing project just off Seventh Street. Today, we’re getting a good look at the project, designed by Abode Communities|Architecture.

The new development would replace 36 existing rent-stabilized duplex units. In an announcement about the project, Abode says that tenants of those units will receive relocation money and be offered a right of first return in the completed complex—“at a rent they can afford,” says CEO Robin Hughes.

The project, expected to cost $64 million, will receive funds from a number of sources, including Measure HHH, a ballot initiative approved two years ago to help fund homeless housing. Abode expects the proposed project’s tenants will include low-income and homeless families.

The project, located roughly 500 feet away from the Red and Purple line’s Westlake/MacArthur Park station, will also be the first in LA to receive Match funding, which is available to projects providing affordable housing near public transit.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in fall 2020, with completion slated for summer 2022.