140-Unit Affordable Housing Project Proposed for Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights Neighborhood

EAST LA Community Corporation, Y & M Architects, Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, Mercy Housing California

By Catherine Sweeney 

With a recent proposal from East LA Community Corporation, a 140-unit affordable housing project could soon sprout up in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights neighborhood. Last week, the organization met with the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council to share early plans for the proposed project. 

The project site is located at 443 S. Soto St. and would include the construction of four residential levels over one commercial level and 70-space parking garage. 

Additionally, the project would include space for a mix of unit types, including 64 one-bedroom, 40 two-bedroom and 36 three-bedroom apartments. Apartments would range in size from 550 to 1,045 square feet and would be available to households earning 30, 50 and 70 percent of the area’s median income. 

Designs for the project come from Y & M Architects and include plans for a spanish colonial style building with red tile roofing and a stucco exterior to match the surrounding properties. Plans also include space for several community amenities, such as balconies on some units, two large interior courtyards, a community room and a computer lab. 

Five offices for homeless services, property management and residential services would also be located onsite. 

The project site is located in a largely residential area, across the street from Theodore Roosevelt High School. Several retail and dining areas are also within close proximity of the site, including Northgate Market just a couple blocks away. In addition, the property maintains close proximity to both Interstates 5 and 10, providing easy access to the rest of the Greater Los Angeles area. 

East LA Community Corporation is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the development of affordable housing in Boyle Heights as well as other areas of East Los Angeles. The organization was founded in 1995 and has since leveraged over $250 million in housing and other community development resources, according to its website. 

East LA Community Corporation is not the only company, however, planning affordable housing in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. In November of 2022, Mercy Housing California also broke ground on a four-story supportive housing development at 3552 Whittier Blvd. The 63-unit project is anticipated to be completed in August of 2023.