Isla de Los Angeles, which is being developed by Clifford Beers Housing, would rise from an approximately 18,000-square-foot property located at 283 W. Imperial Highway. The project site, currently owned by the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, was awarded to Clifford Beers following a request for proposals.
Plans call for a five-story building to be constructed from recycled shipping containers, which would offer apartments for 53 studio apartments for formerly homeless individuals and one manager's unit. Plans also call for a small amount of commercial space, at-grade parking, and amenities such as a community room and laundry facilities.
According to a staff report from HCID, all units within Isla de Los Angeles will be reserved for persons earning less than 40 percent of less than the area median income - which computes to a maximum of approximately $25,720 per year. The total project budget is estimated at $21.7 million, including $11.6 million expected from the Measure HHH tax measure that was passed by Los Angeles voters in 2016. Per unit development costs are approximately $400,000.
A rendering published by LOHA portrays the building with stepped heights, arranged to create outdoor terrace decks for residents. Potential programming includes a community garden, fitness facilities, and space for a farmer's market.
The project, which does not have an announced timeline yet, would be situated within a half-mile walk of Metro's Harbor Freeway station, which provides a transfer point between the Green Line and the Harbor Transitway.
Isla de Los Angeles is the latest in a series of proposed developments that make use of shipping containers, joining the upcoming Hope on Alvarado apartments in the Westlake area.
- Harbor Gateway Archive (Urbanize LA)