The builders of affordable housing can of take advantage of city incentives – called density bonuses – that permit them to build bigger projects than normally allowed. In the 4200 block of Eagle Rock Boulevard on the border of Eagle Rock and Glassell Park, affordable housing developers can use that density bonus to build up to 35% more space than normal. But at least one nonprofit developer, Women Organizing Resources Knowledge and Services (WORKS), said that 35% bonus is not enough. Instead, the developer is seeking to build 56 units – which amounts to a 77% bonus – on the 20,000-square-foot site of Los Angeles Scaffolding. Without an exemption, WORKS could build only 18 units. Today, the city’ Planning Commission is scheduled to review the WORKS’ request to build a much more dense project in addition to providing less parking and open space than would be required of a typical development .
The four-story WORKS project near Eagle Rock Boulevard and El Paso Drive would provide much needed homes for those on very low incomes, including the developmentally disabled, veterans, and senior citizens. During a June 4 public hearing, no one spoke against the project; The planning deputy for Councilman Jose Huizar said the councilman did not have an opinion on the development.
However, the developer’s request to exceed current limits has the backing of the Planning Department staff. “It will help to revitalize the immediate area while providing affordable housing to a disadvantaged demographic,” according to a staff report.
* Update: The City Planning Commission approved the project with some minor additional conditions.