The project site is located at the southwesterly end of the Charles R. Drew University campus at 1731 East 120th Street in the unincorporated Willowbrook community of Los Angeles County. (APN 6149-028-919). The project site is an irregularly shaped 46,650-square foot parcel and currently has two one-story modular buildings that are used for offices, maintenance, facilities support, security, and other administration support for the university. One of the modular buildings is 4,400 square feet, and the second modular building is 5,228 square feet.
The proposed project involves demolishing the existing two modular buildings, removing the existing landscaping, and the construction of a five-story, 92,618 square-foot Health Professions Education Building (HPEB) on the project site. Approximately three feet of fill material would be replaced on-site. The proposed building would have a maximum height of 75 feet and a floor area ratio (FAR) of 2.15. The existing uses in the two modular buildings would be moved into other buildings on the CDU campus. The proposed building would be “L”-shaped and would have a landscaped student-oriented central courtyard, which would link to the proposed building to the existing CDU campus, specifically the CDU Student Center and Keck Building College of Science and Health. The proposed building would have classrooms, a lecture hall, auditorium/meeting room, a café, facilities support space (e.g., shipping/receiving, janitorial, electrical, and data rooms), study rooms, staff and faculty offices, conference rooms, virtual anatomy and virtual skills rooms, simulation rooms (e.g., hospital and exam room simulation), student lounge, lockers rooms, showers, restrooms/changing rooms, and outdoor terraces. Outdoor terraces are proposed on the 5th floor at the north and east sides of the building.
A total of 73 existing and proposed parking spaces would be allocated to the proposed project. The existing surface parking lot at the northeast corner of Compton Avenue and 118th Street, which has 85 spaces, would have 65 spaces allocated to the proposed project. The proposed project does not propose any changes to this parking lot. As part of the proposed project, the parking facility on the 118th Street (between the former Abraham Lincoln Elementary School and the Park Water Company Well 19C property) would be expanded. The existing three-level parking structure at the northern part of this parking facility would extend south over the existing surface parking lot. The proposed parking structure would connect to the existing three-level parking structure. The proposed parking structure would provide an additional 8 parking spaces that would support the additional square footage associated with the proposed building.