Mapping the Arts District's never-ending parade of development

Mapping the Arts District's never-ending parade of development

For most of this decade, the Arts District—a once grungy neighborhood where artists could rent ramshackle studios for as little as $150—has been an irresistible magnet for builders.

With some of the biggest projects already complete, the pace of construction has lulled over the past few months. Row DTLA is welcoming shoppers, Warner Music Group has moved into the old Ford Factory, and the old Coca Cola building has been converted into creative offices.

But the development pipeline is still full. There are nearly two dozen projects planned for the area. If ultimately built, they’d bring more than 5,000 new apartments and condos, along with hundreds of hotel rooms and more offices and shops.

1. 520 Mateo

520 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

The number of live/work lofts planned for this project, first revealed in 2016, has shrunk. But the tower has tripled in height. The development is now set to hold 475 lofts—instead of 600—and rise 35 stories high—instead of 13. Developer Carmel Partners has said it plans to start construction in 2020.


Rendering via Department of City Planning

2. Development atop the Regional Connector’s Little Tokyo/Arts District station

416 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Metro is looking for developers to build something on the site above the future Little Tokyo/Arts District subway station on the Regional Connector. Metro launched the search for a developer for the to-be-decided project last year.


Metro / Creative Commons

3. 6AM

1206 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Developer Sun Cal’s Herzog & de Meuron-designed project will undoubtedly reshape the Arts District in much the same that the One Santa Fe Complex did upon opening in 2014. In addition to twin 58-story towers, the staggeringly massive project will add 1,736 new residences, two hotels, 23,000 square feet of “art opportunity space,” creative offices, a school, and two parks.


Courtesy of SunCal

4. 670 Mesquit

670 Mesquit St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Gallo family, which owns a cold storage facility along the LA River, is pairing with V.E. Equities to put an incredible development in the AD. Designed by architect Bjarke Engels, the project would include two boutique hotels with about 225 rooms, 800,000 square feet of creative office space, about 250 residential units, shops, and open space along the river.

Construction was expected to begin as soon as this year, with completion slated for sometime between 2022 and 2040. (The huge range is accounting for the possibility that the project could be built in phases.)

Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

5. 405 S. Hewitt St

405 S Hewitt St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

This 11-story creative office campus will hover dramatically over the A+D Museum, a low-rise brick building at Fourth and Colyton streets. The project from Legendary Developments would also put a courtyard in front of the museum on Colyton.


Courtesy of Legendary Developments

6. 668 Alameda

668 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

In October, the Los Angeles City Council approved this project, which will replace an old cold storage building with 475 live-work apartments and 45,500 square feet of commercial space.

Engineered by developer AvalonBay Communities and designed by R&A Architecture + Design, the mixed-use project is located right across the street from the Row DTLA complex. Construction is expected to begin this year.

Courtesy AvalonBay Communities

7. Bay Street mixed-use project

2110 Bay St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

In 2015, LA-based Bay Capital Fund dropped $11.5 million on a 2-acre parking lot directly east of the forthcoming Soho House, with plans to turn the site into a big mixed-use complex with 110 live-work units and a shed-like structure that will house retail and restaurant space. A draft environmental impact report for the project was released in November. The report estimated work on 2110 Bay would begin this July.


Courtesy of Studio One Eleven

8. Sixth Street Viaduct

E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Designed by HNTB with an assist from One Santa Fe architect Michael Maltzan, the wavy new bridge will have dedicated bike paths and 60-foot-tall arches when it opens in 2020. A new park is planned beneath it.


Via Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project

9. Soho Warehouse

1000 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Arts District’s most exclusive new joint will be Soho Warehouse, a members-only club that will include a 1,500-square-foot performance space, a 14,000-square foot public market, a rooftop pool and observation deck, and 36 guest rooms. Last year, Curbed LA reported that the club’s opening had been pushed to mid-2018 at least. A new opening date has not been announced.

10. Row DTLA

777 Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Atlas Capital Group, owners of the Arts District-adjacent complex formerly known as Alameda Square (and home to the American Apparel factory), have rebranded the site as Row DTLA—a massive facility housing offices, creative space, luxury retail and restaurants, and the popular weekend food pop-up Smorgasburg. The complex holds tenants from tech firms to eateries with more moving in in gradual waves.


11. Colyton live/work complex

527 Colyton St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

This site will soon give way to a 310-unit development with 11,375 square feet of commercial space. The project site is conveniently located next to the Arts District’s new park.


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12. Challenge Cream and Butter Building

929 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Arts District seems to be the new place to put your private club. In addition to Soho Warehouse, an exclusive club is planned for this 1920s commercial building. A gym, pool, and office space are also part of the project, which will add an additional three stories to the building. The project received planning commission approval in the summer of 2017.


Via Department of City Planning

13. Santa Fe Business Center

500 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013

If you needed any further indication that the AD’s bohemian vibe is going a bit corporate, look no further than this four-story structure that will bring a little less than 75,000 square feet of new office space to the area.


Via Department of City Planning

14. 330 Alameda

330 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

This seven-story development is set to include 186 live-work units, 22,000 square feet of retail space, and a garage that will fit more than 400 cars. Currently, the project site is home to a low-rise office building.


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15. AMP Lofts

695 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021

A residential project years in the making, the latest version of this mixed-user calls for lots of open space, 320 live/work apartments, a communal artisan workshop, and, of course, a dog run. Building permits were issued for the site in January 2017, city records show, and work appears to be nearing completion. The project is designed by Steinberg Architects with Shimoda Design Group.


Courtesy of Steinberg Architects

16. Industrial

1525 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Designed by Lorcan O‘Herlihy Architects, this brick-and-metal-covered mixed-user will hold 360 residential units and underground parking (with two levels above ground).


Renderings by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects via Department of City Planning

17. Violet Street project

2136 Violet St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

This nine-story mixed-user planned for the site of a recycling facility will primarily consist of offices and street-level retail. The huge murals slated to adorn the building’s exterior might attract some pretty hip corporate tenants. The project is forging ahead; its draft environmental impact report was released at the beginning of the month.


Courtesy of Lowe Enterprises

18. Alameda hotel project

400 Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

This development is an adaptive reuse project that doesn’t include any live-work units or creative office space. Instead, developers of the site plan to turn the old brick industrial building into a 66-room hotel. It’ll join the American Hotel on Hewitt as one of the few places in the neighborhood for young, hip out-of-towners to crash for the night.


Department of City Planning

19. 641 Imperial

641 Imperial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Developed by billionaire art collector Adam Lindemann, the 12-story mixed-use project will be called 641. The building will contain 140 live-work lofts, 7,000 square feet of street-level retail and art space, with 7,000 square feet of creative office space on the second floor. A four-level underground garage will provide 162 parking spaces.


Courtesy of Johnson Fain

20. Art Share LA

801 E 4th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90013

The arts nonprofit’s headquarters is getting a renovation courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects. The upgrades will improve the flow of the space and create flexible space for galleries and performances. The renovations will recapture 30 percent of the building’s available square footage, LOHA says.


Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

21. Lofts at California Walnut Growers’s Association

1745 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

The former headquarters and packing house of the California Walnut Growers’s Association is being retrofitted and converted into lofts, offices, and retail. The number of units in the 1921 building is unclear, but there’s a plan to add balconies, underground parking, and fun rooftop outdoor spaces.


Courtesy of The Hillcrest Company

22. 1800 E 7th Street

1800 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Announced in 2017, the seven-story development on Seventh Street will hold 122 residential units (14 of them for very low-income tenants) and commercial space for art production and galleries. Renderings by HansonLA show balconies and a shared courtyard for residents.


Courtesy of HansonLA

23. 2053 E 7th Street

2053 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Developer Ralph Ziman and his company, 1711 Lincoln, LLC are planning to expand and convert an old building and adjoining parking lot at the corner of Seventh Street and Santa Fe Avenue into a hotel with more than 50 rooms and a restaurant and rooftop pool.

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