Developer breaks ground on 222-unit housing project 

By Emilie St. John

Contributing Writer

INGLEWOOD — Developers held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a former car wash in Jan. 29.

JPI broke ground on Jefferson Inglewood, a market-rate and affordable housing apartment project located at 939 W. Manchester. It is located in a transit oriented development zone near the K-Line and not far from the LAX people mover.

“Inglewood is such a cool community that has a wonderful history and vibrant future,” said Sunti Kumjim, senior vice president and regional development partner for JPI. “We are thrilled to continue building upon the rich history of Inglewood and provide much-needed housing that will support ongoing growth in the Inglewood community for years to come.”

The Jefferson Inglewood project is just one of many developments in the city. City staff, the architecture and engineering team, and Capital Partners have collaborated over the past year and half  through entitlements and permitting to bring the development to the community.

The eight-story, transit-oriented property will feature 222 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Eleven units will be set aside as affordable.

Units will offer stainless steel appliances and full-size washers and dryers. Community amenities will include a pool, cabana, clubroom, fitness center and rooftop deck.

Jefferson Inglewood is located three stops from El Segundo on the K Line and one stop from the automated people mover at LAX.

The proximity of the project will also be ideal for those looking to travel to the Inglewood Sports and Entertainment District where the Kia Forum, SoFi Stadium, Hollywood Park and Intuit Dome are located.

Delays have pushed the scheduled opening of the LAX people mover to 2025 and the Inglewood Transit Connector to 2030.

A new report from Fitch Ratings suggests the first of the two projects, the LAX Automated People Mover Project, originally slated to open in 2023 will likely will not be finished until April 2025 due to repeated construction delays and a “strained relationship” between the builder-operator, LAX Integrated Express Solutions and Los Angeles World Airports.

Although the Federal Transit Administration has pledged more than $1 billion to the separate Inglewood Transit Connector, it now expects that project will not be completed in time for the 2028 Olympics as planned, and instead will open in 2030.

Inglewood still needs to secure $1 billion in order to construct the 1.6-mile rail line which will connect passengers from the K-Line to the entertainment venues.

Move-ins for Jefferson Inglewood are scheduled to begin in early 2026.

Emilie St. John is a freelance journalist covering the areas of Carson, Compton, Inglewood and Willowbrook. Send tips to her at