Renderings have been released for a residential project at 1215 19th Street in Santa Monica. The project proposal includes the development of six-story building offering 34 affordable housing units. The project is slated to replace a surface parking lot on the site.
Cypress Equity Investments is the project developer. Tighe Architecture is responsible for the designs.
The proposed project is being led by the Foundation for Affordable Housing. Plans call for the construction of a six-story building featuring a total of 34 apartments, all of which would be rented at below market rates to eligible households.
Renderings available showcase a contemporary podium-type building, clad in a mix of stucco, concrete, and metal panels. The building features two primary volumes facing the street: one floating above a glass and stucco podium and a stair tower grounding the building with a strong vertical element, separated by recessed balconies. A grid of projecting balconies on the south elevation uses alternating materials to create visual interest and relate to the front elevation. The alley and north elevations are proposed entirely of stucco a much more subdued interpretation of the front elevation’s concept.
Last year, various applications using “Builder’s Remedy” brought plans for more than 4,000 new homes to the City of Santa Monica. The site at 1215 19th Street was among those applications, and per the staff report, benefits from state legislation permitting an extra three stories in height beyond the limits of the zoning code, as well as exemptions from parking requirements and density limits. The project proposal is one of three three affordable housing developments proposed by the developer.