|All images from T.A. Patty Development, Inc.|
All of a sudden, real estate around Chinatown Station seems to be a hot commodity. Forest City finally started work on the long delayed Blossom Plaza back in October, and now another nearby mixed-use development has shown its first sign of life in years. T.A. Patty Development is currently seeking the approval of a vesting tentative tract for the Chinatown Lofts, pegged for the triangular shaped parcel at 1101 N Main Street. The developer's website shows a six-story, 318 unit building designed by Steinberg Architects, including 18 live/work spaces at ground-level. Despite the adjacent light rail station and the Cornfield neighborhood's non-existent parking requirement, the project would include a large 618 car garage. If and when the Chinatown Lofts come to fruition, it will be the result of nearly a full decade of patience and hard work. T.A. Patty submitted the project's EIR way back in 2005, not long after the Pasadena - Union Station segment of the Gold Line first opened. Most of Downtown LA has grown by leaps and bounds since then; perhaps the stars have finally aligned themselves for Chinatown as well.