Former Temple Hospital to give way to hilltop apartments

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN —  A 214-unit apartment complex is planned for the hilltop now occupied by the former Temple Community Hospital, which closed last year after more than 70 years in business.

Silver Lake Pinnacle LLC is seeking city permission to build about 50 more units than currently allowed in return for including affordable housing in the project, according to the Planning Department.  Alan Dibartolomeo, a consultant working for Silver Lake Pinnacle , said the project would include about 18 affordable units, which are usually limited to low and moderate income tenants.

The nearly three-acre hospital property, which rises above Temple and Hoover streets, sold for $13.5 million in March, according to PropertyShark.com  The project would feature two building that would rise four stories high and include two levels of subterranean parking.

Construction could begin in 2017 if the project wins all the necessary approvals, said Dibartolomeo, who has been meeting with neighborhood groups. In addition to sweeping views, the site’s main attraction is its location about midway between Downtown and Hollywood, he said.

The now vacant hospital compound, which includes the main hospital tower visible from the 101 Freeway, would be demolished to make way for the new apartments.

The hospital, which employed about 300 workers,  closed closed in September 2014 in the face of mounting financial and industry challenges.

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