The mostly low-rise skyline of Boyle Heights will be getting a colorful addition in the form of a five-story affordable apartment complex that will be wrapped in bands of mosaic tile.
Officials on Thursday gathered near the corner of First and Evergreen Streets to mark the beginning of construction of Sol y Luna, a $22 million project by affordable housing developer East Los Angeles Community Corp. In addition to 51 apartments for low-income residents, the complex will also include a playground and 5,000-square-feet of space for community rooms, social services and commercial uses. The tile on the building, which will rise near Evergreen Cemetery, will take its design cues from Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. Says the press release:
Inspired by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, the building will be wrapped with bright and colorful tile mosaic designs that will help beautify the surrounding neighborhood.
The building design is created by the firm of Silver Lake architect Pedro Birba. Sol y Luna is scheduled to be completed by September of next year.