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La Opinion Building to Become Homeless Storage

The decline of print media could prove a boon to the city’s effort to combat homelessness. According to a motion put forth by 9th District Councilmember Curren Price, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is recommending that a former printing facility for the La Opinion Spanish-language newspaper be repurposed as a daytime storage location for the belongings of homeless Angelenos. The property, located at 224 E. Washington Boulevard, is said to be capable of accommodating up to 500 storage bins and shower facilities.

First Look at 2222 Figueroa

Four years after the completion of the Expo Line, a full city block near LATTC/Ortho Institute Station could be reborn as a mixed-use, transit-oriented development. The property - bounded by Figueroa, Flower, 22nd and 23rd Streets - is being reinvisioned as 2222 Figueroa, a collection of rental and for-sale housing above pedestrian-oriented commercial space. The project, which was filed with the City of Los Angeles earlier today, would be highlighted by 1,063 residential units - including 645 condominiums, 364 market rate apartments and 5% low income housing.

South L.A. Warehouse Going Residential

Two industrial buildings located east of Exposition Park may be converted into residential units. Last Friday, plans were filed with the City of Los Angeles to transform the one- and two-story complex at 3761 S. Hill Street into 33 live-work quarters for “artists and artisans.” City records list the property’s owner as the limited liability company Hard Property. The developer is being represented by Los Angeles-based Segal + Rea Architecture. Across the freeway, a proposal from the Irvine-based Spectrum Group would create a hotel, residential and retail complex on a current surface parking lot.

More Mixed-Use Along the Expo Line

Plans have been filed with the City of Los Angeles for a new mixed-use development in Historic South Central. Although exact details are currently unclear, the project would consist of a multi-story building features residential units above ground-floor retail space, is slated for an approximately two-acre site at 2528 S. Grand Avenue. A case filing from the Department of City Planning indicates that the development would include more than 50 dwelling units, a portion of which would be set aside as affordable housing.

Fresh Renderings for $1-Billion South LA Development

Over one year ago, developer PRH LA Mart unveiled ambitious plans to build a high-rise complex on the border between Downtown and South Los Angeles. The project - budgeted at approximately $1-billion - would replace a pair of large surface parking lots with a combination of residential units, hotel rooms and pedestrian-oriented commercial space. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning published a new draft environmental impact report (DEIR), revealing new information about the mixed-use development, which is now called “the Reef.” The completed development calls for approximately 1,664,000 of new floor area, divided between two properties known as the West Block and the East Block.

Affordable Housing Underway at San Pedro Station

On the southern fringe of Downtown Los Angeles, construction is underway for a mixed-use development that will add residential density near an underutilized stop on Metro’s Blue Line. The low-rise complex from developer Meta Housing Corporation is rising from an approximately .67-acre site at 722-736 E. Washington Boulevard. According to plans filed with the City of Los Angeles, the project will include 55 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments situated above 1,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and parking accommodations for up to 63 vehicles.

Six Stories of Office, Retail and Residential Space Coming to Washington Blvd.

DEMO FAST FOOD REST. GPA FROM LIGHT MANUF TO COMNTY COMM AND ZC FROM M2-2 TO C2-2 TO ALLOW 92 RES UNITS W/ 25,000 SQ FT 1ST FLOOR RETAIL AND 25,000 SQ FT 2ND FLOOR OFFICE. 6 STORIES, 286 SUB PARKING. 286 parking spaces seems excessive for a location directly across the street from the Blue Line’s Grand Ave. Station, but I suppose the developer deems it necessary to make the retail and office space attractive.

LA Trade Tech's New Construction Technology Building

Since I was summoned to the Hill Street Courthouse this morning for an exciting day of jury duty, I decided to use part of my lunch break to showcase some of the construction activity in the neighborhood. As you can probably guess from the title of this entry, LA Trade Tech’s Construction Technology Building is first on my list. Designed by HMC Architects, the Construction Technology Building will be the largest facility on LATTC’s campus, totaling 139,000 square feet.

Mixed-Use Development for Blue Line Adjacent Parcel

Yesterday, the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee posted a presentation from the developers of the Grand Metropolitan, a mixed-use project intended for a parking lot near the Blue Line’s Grand Station. Let’s check out the details: 233 W Washington Blvd The proposed Grand Metropolitan project calls for the demolition of an existing surface parking lot…to construct a 7-story, 95’9” (maximum) high mixed-use building consisting of 160 residential units (136,603 sq.

Mixed-Use Dreams for Blue Line Adjacent Parcels

South of the Downtown freeway ring, blighted properties flanking the light rail Blue Line are beginning to catch overflow from South Park’s recent development binge. Renderings were unveiled last year for the Grand Metropolitan, a proposed residential-retail complex near LATTC. Now, a document from the Los Angeles City Council indicates that development may also be coming for a cluster of parcels adjacent to the Reef Building, a 12-story structure located at 1933 S.