Rendering: Mika Design Group

Rampart Village has been relatively untouched by new development over the past decade as its neighbors Silver Lake and Koreatown experienced rapid change, but the centrally located community may soon get its time in the spotlight. 

A development application was submitted to Los Angeles City Planning late last week proposing a six-story, 74-unit apartment complex at 139 S. Occidental Boulevard. Attorney Thomas Giordano-Lascari of Karlin & Peebles, LLP is listed as the applicant, although the submission was prepared by Hayden Planning.

The modern-style apartment building would consist of 10 studios, 46 one-bedroom units and 18 two-bedroom units. A total of nine affordable apartments would be set aside for low income (2), very low income (1) and extremely low income (6) households in exchange for Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) incentives.

The building’s 79 on-site vehicular parking spaces would be split between at-grade and subterranean levels. There would be an additional 64 bicycle parking spaces for residents who prefer to get around on two wheels.

A spacious lobby with a mailroom and two elevator banks would be situated adjacent to a fitness center and bicycle repair room. On the second floor, there would be a recreation room with a kitchenette and restroom that extends onto a landscaped central courtyard.

Rendering: Mika Design Group

The third floor would house an additional recreation room, while the fifth floor would tout two large open-air decks with ample greenery. Approximately 25 percent of the units would feature private balconies for additional outdoor space.

The 19,577-square-foot lot is presently vacant, although it was formerly occupied by a two-story, 12-unit apartment complex built in 1946. The proposed new development was designed by Studio City-based Mika Design Group, who envision a stucco-clad building with a white, grey and sage color palette. Dark grey metal and wood-look accents would create contrast, along with metal and glass balcony guardrails. 

Future residents of 139 S. Occidental Boulevard would live steps away from grocery stores, fast-casual restaurants, art galleries, theatres and public transportation, including Metro bus routes that connect with the nearby Vermont/Beverly subway station.

The West 3rd Street-Vermont Avenue corridor is a 15-minute walk from the proposed development site, offering even more retail, restaurant and entertainment options, plus a recreation center with sports fields and a playground.

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