A new housing complex has been proposed for development at 355 South Alvarado Street in Westlake. The project proposal includes the redevelopment of a motel built in the 1980s into a housing complex.
The project was built through Project Homekey. Kadre Architects designed the project. The conversion is led by Los Angeles County and its non-profit partner Hope the Mission.
The Lyfe Inn, the motel, was built as a three-story hotel offering 44 rooms. The motel has now been rebranded as a residential complex named The Alvarado. The three-story structure now features 172 beds of temporary housing.
Onsite open space has been transformed into a dining deck where residents can enjoy meals outside. Each individual unit averages 280 square feet and the project offers interim housing, case management, three daily meals and other support services provided on-site to further help residents adapt to having home-shelter and move towards permanent housing.
Renderings showcase the redevelopment of the old olive-green exterior into a new blue-and-white façade achieved by a paint job that spells the word “HOPE,” using large graphics. The new design implements colors at various surfaces of the building interiors. Each floor has its own graphic narrative expressed throughout each of the rooms, floors, walls and furnishings, as mentioned on the design firm’s website.
The project site sits one block north of MacArthur Park in Westlake.