Hotel Coming to Hewitt Street

Hewitt Street Hotel

Yet another hotel has been announced for the Arts District. Hospitality firm the Radisson Hotel Group announced plans to construct a 140-room Radisson RED hotel at 440 S. Hewitt St. A groundbreaking date has not been set, but the company expects it to open in early 2024. Read more

Arts District project breaks ground

Arts District in San Francisco

San Francisco-based developer Carmel Part­ners has broken ground on its first Arts District project. The planned 35-story project designed by Works Progress Architecture will rise at 520 S. Mateo St., near the Fourth Street Bridge. The main tower will include 475 live/work apartments, including 50 affordable units. Read more

Chinese American Museum – A New Look

Chinese American Museum

In 2016, the Friends of the Chinese American Museum, the nonprofit responsible for supporting the Chinese American Museum, settled on a path to expand the footprint of the museum at the 44-acre El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Last week, that plan took an important step forward after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved $730,000 toward the expansion of the Chinese American Museum, closing a fundraising gap needed to commence the renovation plan. Read more

Arts District Mixed-Use Project Approved

Arts District in LA

A contentious mixed-use project was pushed on to the next step last week of the development cycle after the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to advance the development, in the process rejecting an appeal that sought to prevent its construction. The real estate investment firm Jade Enterprises is behind the project, which will bring 110 live/work apartment units, over 164,000 square feet of officer and commercial space. Read more

Building Up Downtown, Part Two

Downtown LA

Downtown has experienced an unprecedented development boom over the past two decades, with new high-rise residential and commercial developments ushering in a new era of the Central City. Read more

Metropolis Tower Converts to Apartments

Metropolis Los Angeles

One of Downtown’s mega projects is turning its final, in-construction tower into apartments. Metropolis, at Eighth and Francisco streets, comprises four high rises, three of which are finished. The last, a 58-story edifice, planned to house 685 condos, but those units have now been converted to apartments. Read more

Updated Designs for Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station

Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station

In 2014, construction crews began work on one of the region’s most ambitious transportation projects, the $1.75 billion Regional Connector.

Meant to weave together three different rail lines to allow riders to ride from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica, or Long Beach to Azusa without switch trains, the massive 2.1-mile subway project beneath the streets of Downtown will see the construction of three new rail stations, one of which is the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station at First Street and Central Avenue.
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Onni Sets Start Date for Times Mirror Square Redevelopment

Times Mirror Square Redevelopment

The Onni Group plans to replace two buildings at Times Mirror Square with a pair of high-rise residential towers. A trio of older buildings would be saved and repurposed.
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New Details on Financial District High Rise

Financial District High Rise

A 45-story tower in the Financial District from Mitsui Fudosan America, the U.S. arm of the Japanese developer, has taken a step forward with the publication this month of the project’s initial environmental study. The documents show a significant redesign.

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The Walnut Building Returns

Walnut Building in LA

“I think we’re one of the tallest buildings in the Arts District,” Ryan Afari said on a cloudy weekday afternoon.

Afari made the comment while standing on the rooftop deck of the Walnut Building. He pointed to the Toy and Biscuit Company lofts a few blocks away, the two structures that kicked off the Arts District residential boom more than a decade ago.

The Walnut Building is the latest project from developer the Hillcrest Company, which previously tackled Downtown endeavors including the Chapman Lofts in the Historic Core and the Commodore Building in City West. Like its Arts District neighbors, the Walnut is an aged commercial structure that has been turned into housing. The exterior has been fully restored, and the rooftop refashioned to provide a deck with a sweeping view.

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