Just steps away from Koreatown’s vibrant 8th Street — lined with restaurants serving up Korean barbecue, Oaxacan mole and Vietnamese pho — a six-story apartment building could soon rise. Yesterday, plans were filed with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning for a 114-unit project at 815-831 South Kingsley Drive.
The proposed site is currently occupied by two single-family homes, a duplex and a triplex. The applicant is listed as St. Mary’s Medical Plaza, LLC, but Urbanize Los Angeles was quick to point out that the listed address for the company is shared by developer Jamison Services, which has dozens of projects in the works throughout Koreatown.
The proposal seeks to take advantage of LA’s Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program, which grants developers special perks (like building additional stories or offering fewer parking spaces) in exchange for the inclusion of affordable housing units for low-income individuals.
If approved, future residents of the apartment complex will be just an eight-minute walk from the Purple Line’s Wilshire/Normandie subway station. Other neighborhood hotspots include LINE Hotel LA, The Wiltern, Chapman Market, Wi Spa and Pharaoh Karaoke Lounge.