By Edwin Folven, 10/06/2011
WeHo Council Approves Additional $3.5 Million in Funding
An additional $3.5 million in funding for 32 units of affordable housing on La Brea Avenue was approved Monday by the West Hollywood City Council. The funding will help construction get underway by the end of the year.
The allocation is in addition to $3 million already committed by the city, which plans to increase its supply of housing for low-income individuals and families, while improving a stretch of La Brea Avenue. The project will replace three vacant business between 1145 and 1151 La Brea Avenue with a five-story development with four levels of housing above neighborhood-serving retail space, or space for non-profit organizations.
According to Allyne Winderman, director of rent stabilization for West Hollywood, there is a significant shortage of affordable housing in West Hollywood, particularly for seniors and disabled individuals.
“There are one thousand people on the affordable housing waiting list, which has now been closed for a couple of years,” Winderman said. “The need in West Hollywood and the surrounding region is huge.”
The project is being overseen by the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, and was designed by architect Patrick Tighe — who also designed the city’s Sierra Bonita Avenue affordable housing project — and architect John Mutlow. It will incorporate environmentally-friendly amenities that qualify the building for LEED certification, such as landscaping that uses reclaimed water, solar panels, and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. There will also be a community room and courtyard available for neighborhood functions, and a community garden. Jesse Slansky, project manager for the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, said the units will be available to people earning between 30 to 50 percent of the area’s median income as determined by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which translates into rents between $480 and $800.
“It is going to help a lot of people who normally would not be able to afford to live in the area,” Slansky said.
The project has also received funding from federal sources, which require construction to begin before the end of the year.
“We are ready to go, plans are on plan check and we hope to start soon,” Slansky added. “It is going to really be a fantastic project.”