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Work to begin on affordable apartments near downtown Los Angeles

June 22, 2010 |  2:22 pm

Construction is set to begin this month on Mosaic Apartments, a $21-million affordable housing project in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles that is intended to mesh architecturally with the historic neighborhood.

Amcal Multi-Housing Inc., an Agoura Hills developer of housing for low-income tenants, will build the 56-unit complex on a former commercial site west of the Los Angeles Convention Center bounded by Pico Boulevard, 12th Place, Valencia Street and Union Avenue. 

The design of the three-story buildings is intended to visually integrate the complex with the neighborhood’s historic housing created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries -- Craftsman, QueenMosaic image Anne and American Foursquare homes, said architect Wade Killefer. His Santa Monica firm, Killefer Flammang Architects, designed the complex, which he hopes will be eligible for silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The project will be divided by a linear court between Pico and 12th Place reminiscent of a bungalow court walk, a common feature in older Los Angeles developments. There also will be three smaller courtyards. One-bedroom units will be about 540 square feet, while three-bedroom units will average 1,220 square feet. Rents will run from $400 to $855 per month, depending on the size of the units and tenants’ incomes.

Mosaic Apartments should completed in about 13 months, Killefer said.

-- Roger Vincent

Photo: The Mosaic Apartments complex will be built west of the Harbor Freeway near the Los Angeles Convention Center. Credit: Killefer Flammang Architects