The strip mall is a ubiquitous building type across North America. These structures function as blank slates for any commercial operation to fill their shells, from the original grocery and retail tenants of the mid-20th century to today’s business and healthcare retrofits. In many of these sites, a boundary exists between the large-scale commercial development and the small-scale, single-family residential behind. A result of single-use zoning, this boundary is often resolved with a privacy fence separating grassy lawns from loading docks. This research and design intervention addresses the recurrent boundary condition between a strip mall’s rear face and the neighborhood behind, promoting medium-density housing and encouraging neighborhood connectivity. The site of investigation is a strip mall in the Los Angeles neighborhood of North Hollywood. Los Angeles was selected for its legacy of post-war urbanism, its history as the birthplace of strip malls, and the recent California legislation promoting commercial to residential site conversions. This project offers an alternative to the large-scale redevelopment of retail centers with incremental housing that preserves small-scale retail tenants, often vital to communities. Designed to fit on sites with limited depth, the primary living space of the shallow housing units are raised above the ground for visual porosity and the flow of activities beneath. Strategies developed in this project can be distilled and replicated on strip mall sites across the United States to provide housing for communities in need.