An initial study published yesterday by the City of Los Angeles provides new information regarded investor Jeff Greene's plans to redevelop the Dorset Village apartments in Hyde Park with larger multifamily residential complex.
Dorset Village, built in the early 1940s at 3100 W. Slauson Avenue, is a garden style apartment complex consisting of 206 residential units in 26 two-story buildings. An application submitted by Greene to the Planning Department in May 2019 calls for razing all existing structures on the eight-acre site, making way for the construction of 782 residential units in a series of buildings standing as tall as seven stories.
The project would offer a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments - ranging in size from 576 square feet to 1,472 square feet - with a total of 147 residential units reserved as low-, very low-, and extremely low-income affordable housing. The on-site subsidized housing, as well as the property's proximity to a Crenshaw/LAX Line station a block west, would make the project eligible for Transit Oriented Communities development incentives, allowing for increased height and density.
Greene is also planning up to 700 structured parking spaces and nearly 87,000 square feet of open space in the form of a large courtyard, a swimming pool, a recreation center, a sand volleyball court, outdoor basketball courts, and a community pocket park.
HKS Architects is designing the podium-type complex, which would have an articulated facade featuring vertical strips of red, blue, and green. Renderings show that the buildings would pare down in height toward the lower-scale blocks to the east and south of the project site.
According to the project's initial study, construction is expected to occur over approximately 30 months. The project schedule, estimated for the purpose of the study, anticipates demolition activities beginning in June 2021 and building occupancy occurring in January 2024.
The development is one of a handful of large scale mixed-use and multifamily residential projects planned along the path of the Crenshaw/LAX Line, including the proposed redevelopment of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping center and a Metro joint development at Expo/Crenshaw Station.
One such project, a 577-unit mixed-use complex called District Square, recently saw its approvals overturned by the South Los Angeles Area Planning Commission amid concerns over potential displacement in the surrounding community.
Green is also developing a 118-unit apartment building in Hollywood, and previously owned the Rolland Curtis Gardens housing complex near Exposition Park.