Large apartment building proposed for Silver Lake Boulevard

Site of planned 4-story apartment building

SILVER LAKE — A developer is planning to build a 48-unit apartment building at the northwest corner of Silver Lake Boulevard and London Street, according to the Planning Department.

Demitri Samaha with 237 WINDWARD LLC is requesting city permission to build a project that is more dense than current zoning would normally allow in return for setting aside six of the apartments for tenants with very low incomes, according a Planning Department summary. The remaining 42 units would be rented at market rates.

Samaha is president of  A.J. Khair, a real estate development and construction firm.  The Khair website shows a rendering of the four-story apartment building with what is described as a saw tooth facade. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter but the project is still subject to public hearings.

The Eastsider has contacted A.J. Kahir for details.

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  1. Another 6 units for very low income tenants that will evaporate into thin air, should Measure S pass.

    Not to mention the other 42 market rate units. Sure, they won’t be even remotely affordable (or attractive given the developers whack rendering, LOL.)

    But think of it this way: that’s 42 people you no longer have to compete with over the slim pickings of nearby apartments in the vicinity.

  2. Of course the low income housing is important; however, having lived on Bellevue near this intersection for more than 30 years, I believe that vastly more significant is the impact of traffic and access to the 101. Is there anyone living within 5 miles of the Silver Lake on and off ramps of the 101 that doesn’t know how bad the traffic has become in that area? This planned housing, as well as the building at Silver Lake and Bellevue at the old Phil’s site will make it impassible.

  3. That area is underserved and a large development making use of that entire site ought to be mixed use on the ground floor, so that there is some sort of shop or restaurant or two.

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