Rendering: The Architects Collective

Prefab single-family homes are a common sight these days — you can buy them on Amazon, after all — but modular multi-family developments are still gaining momentum. 

A recent application to Los Angeles City Planning by ROCA Partners proposes a five-story, mixed-use development featuring 81 units and ground-level commercial space along the Crenshaw Corridor. Designed by Inglewood-based The Architects Collective (TAC), the planned project at 5300 Crenshaw Boulevard would consist of prefabricated modules built in a factory and later assembled on site.

Rendering: The Architects Collective

TAC has worked on two other prefab residential projects in Los Angeles, including 740 Alvarado in MacArthur Park and 4252 Crenshaw in Leimert Park. These types of developments can be assembled quickly and generate less waste than conventionally-constructed buildings. 740 Alvarado, for example, topped out at six stories in only six days. 

5300 Crenshaw Boulevard is seeking Tier 3 Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) incentives due to its proximity to the new Crenshaw/LAX Line, slated to open next year. Residents would be within a half-mile or a 10-minute walk from the Hyde Park light rail station. In exchange for these allowances, over fifteen percent of the units would be set aside for very low income households.

Rendering: The Architects Collective

The development would comprise 62 one-bedroom, one-bathroom units and 19 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units, spanning 422 and 633 square feet, respectively. A total of 41 residential parking spaces — many of them equipped for electric vehicle charging — would be provided within a single-level underground garage. The ground floor would include one commercial parking space and two bicycle storage rooms that could accommodate up to 74 bicycles.

A lobby fronting Crenshaw Boulevard would feature an adjacent recreation room. The future 587-square-foot commercial space would also face this heavily-trafficked thoroughfare. Another recreation room is planned toward the rear of the building and a landscaped central courtyard would provide verdant views for many residents.

Two separate roof decks would be found on the fourth floor, complete with outdoor furniture for dining or entertaining. Each floor would also include a common laundry room for added convenience.

Rendering: The Architects Collective

The design of 5300 Crenshaw Boulevard would be characterized by “arched entryways, tile accents, awnings above the ground floor, horizontal trim details, and a color palette that features at least three colors,” according to a findings document. Exterior materials would consist of stucco, tile and glass, although less than 60 percent of the building would be covered in stucco.

The proposed project would replace a self-serve laundromat. Future residents would live within walking distance of several schools, a public library and Crenshaw Plaza Center, home to a Ralphs, Rite Aid Pharmacy, AutoZone, ARCO and several fast-food restaurants. Nearby Hyde Park station would whisk riders to Los Angeles International Airport, downtown Inglewood and five additional stops. The route would connect with the Metro Blue and Green lines, providing expanded transit access across Los Angeles.

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