The City Council approved the first phase of what may become 75 units of subsidized senior citizen housing built over a parking lot on 3rd Street just north of Wilshire Boulevard.
Acting as both the council and the Parking Authority, members approved the selection of Retirement Housing Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit developer, to work with the city in developing a proposal that will attract federal funds.
The city and developer must put together a plan that will qualify for a Department of Housing and Urban Development loan to pay for the project. The city will have to compete with other proposals for the low-interest loan, said Councilman Dennis Zane.
If the $2.5-million loan is approved, the Department of Housing and Urban Dvelopment will also subsidize rents at 30% of a tenant's income.