Plans are underway to construct the first phase of Enlightenment Plaza, which will provide 106 units of permanent supportive housing on a vacant lot north of Beverly Boulevard and east of Vermont Avenue.
Phase one is part of a larger project that will turn a surface parking lot into affordable units and a service center for homeless individuals, said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District. Enlightenment Plaza will be built on a parcel of land on Juanita and Madison avenues north of Beverly Boulevard. The four-phase project is anticipated to provide 454 permanent supportive housing units and a service center for people experiencing homelessness. Flexible PSH Solutions is the developer.
O’Farrell recently introduced a motion to utilize approximately $1.3 million in tax and tax-exempt CRA/LA excess bond proceeds from the Wilshire Center/ Koreatown Redevelopment Project Area for the project.
“This project is transformative in both its purpose and function,” said O’Farrell, who chairs the City Council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee. “Not only will this underutilized section of the district be put to better use, it will also help shelter the unhoused while helping to get their lives back on track.”
Funds have been secured to institute many of the project’s goals, including public infrastructure improvements, property acquisition, architectural services, permit fee and construction.