One of the original 1960’s Marina del Rey developers has begun above ground construction on a 12-building apartment complex.
Los Angeles County has been working on the plan with the developer and owner Jerry Epstein of Del Rey Shores, LLC since 2001. The 544-unit project, called Shores, is located on an 8-acre site at 4201 Via Marina, and will consist of one and two bedroom units.
“We found a way to incorporate modern, nautical and California themes into a design that still focused on functionality and efficiency,” said Dale Yonkin of Nadel Architects, the design firm, in a statement. “While still keeping a high quantity of units at variable sizes to ensure that rents would remain in reach for a larger percentage of residents.”
The $120 million complex is one of the largest in progress in the U.S., according to Nadel Architects.
Apartment sizes will range between 650-square-feet and 1,245-square-feet, and a two acre park will be nestled in the middle of the 12 interconnected five story buildings.
“In dealing with high-density projects such as Shores, we know it is important to include design elements that will not only accommodate the large number of residents, such as private subterranean parking, but also to provide opportunities for chance social interactions,” Yonkin said in a statement.
The Shores’ expected completion date is in the spring of 2013.
Correction: The article previously stated that construction began on Wednesday. Initial construction began in 2011, and in the last month, workers have been building the above-ground structure.