Rendering: B. Raeen Construction, Inc.

A proposed five-story multi-family development near the intersection of Normandie and Melrose Avenue could deliver additional housing options to students of Los Angeles City College and employees of Paramount Pictures.

648 North Ardmore Avenue would include four one-bedroom units, one two-bedroom unit, and 11 three-bedroom units. Two residences would be set aside for extremely low income households in exchange for three transit oriented communities (TOC) incentives, including a height increase and side yard reductions.

Fifteen subterranean vehicle stalls would be provided via CityLift automated parking systems. There would also be short- and long-term storage for up to 18 bicycles. A residential lobby with a small seating area would be located off Ardmore Avenue.

Rendering: B. Raeen Construction, Inc.

The building’s rear yard would tout lounge seating, olive trees in sculptural planters, built-in benches and stone pavers. A 1,350-square-foot outdoor amenity space on the fifth floor would come complete with a fire pit, barbecue counter, picnic table, planters and comfortable seating.

Architectural design and construction firm B. Raeen Construction, Inc. is behind the proposed project, which seeks to replace a single-family home that was built in 1916. The existing home sits adjacent to a laundromat parking lot and is steps away from a busy commercial corridor. It’s unclear whether the building would be slated for rental apartments or for-sale condominiums.

Renderings for 648 North Ardmore Avenue depict a blue, white and dark grey façade clad in smooth stucco and aluminum channeling. All units would include a private balcony with wrought iron railings in a bronze finish. The two exterior staircases would feature matching railings for a cohesive look.

If approved, the development would be within a 12-minute walk of Los Angeles City College’s campus. Paramount Pictures is just over a mile away, and there are nearby restaurants, performing arts theaters, gastropubs and local businesses. Residents would benefit from easy access to the 101 Freeway and bus routes that connect with the Metro B Line at Vermont/Beverly station.

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