Construction has been completed on The Curve at West Angeles, a 70-unit affordable mixed-use community in the Park Mesa Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The art deco-style project is a joint venture between Related California and West Angeles Community Development Corp. (WACDC).
In addition to 50,000 square feet of affordable housing, the development features 2,000 square feet of retail space, according to R.D. Olson Construction, the general contracting firm that built The Curve. R.D. Olson Construction worked with KFA Architects and Mannigan Design on the project.
The approximately $27.2 million community is restricted to residents 62 and older earning no more than 60% of the area median income.
The five-story community features 24 studios and 45 one-bedrooms ranging from 400 to 630 square feet, as well as one manager’s apartment. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen with EnergyStar appliances, disability access, and a balcony or patio. Amenities include a community room and kitchen, laundry facilities, gated parking, and bike storage. A fourth floor sky deck offers sweeping views of downtown L.A., and a second-floor courtyard offers an outdoor seating and gathering area for residents.
The first-floor retail portion of the project can accommodate up to three tenants, and WACDC has a boardroom and leasing office on site.
The independent living community is just blocks away from Destination Crenshaw, a new 1.3-mile long outdoor art and cultural experience that celebrates the area’s heritage as the largest black community west of the Mississippi River. The Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line, which is currently under construction, will have a stop less than a block away.
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp. provided key financing for the development, including $21.7 million in low-income housing tax credit equity and a $1.4 million loan. The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department provided $3.4 million.