Friday, February 27, 2015

Updated Look for Proposed Arts District Development

1800 E 7th (All images: HansonLA)

Architecture firm HansonLA has revealed an updated look for 1800 East Seventh Street, a proposed mixed-use development in the southern Arts District.

The seven-story complex, which is planned by a limited liability corporation known as Elm Tree Investments, would feature 125 live-work apartments and 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.  Proposed amenities include 500 square feet of artist's production space, outdoor gardens on the building's second and roof levels, and two floors of underground parking.

Located at the intersection of Seventh and Decatur Streets, the project is strongly influenced by the Arts District Live/Work Zone, a proposed zoning overlay which seeks to guide the neighborhood's future development.  While the proposed overlay declines to strictly address building aesthetics, it does encourage the construction of live-work units in new most new residential complexes.  Consequently, plans for 1800 East Seventh Street call for a minimum of 150 square feet of work space in each apartment.

An exact timeline for the low-rise complex is currently unclear.  It is one of several developments currently planned along Seventh Street, including the revived AMP Lofts and the adaptive reuse of a factory which once served as the Southern California headquarters of the Ford Motor Company.




6 comments:

  1. That's a pretty tiny lot. It must be like a quarter of an acre. Do you know?

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    1. Property is about .65 acres. I think it just looks small because of the massive warehouses surrounding it.

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  2. I'd love to see a mural around the balconies instead of that white side...

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  3. Google maps shows this parcel as being part of public school and next door to the gross Greyhound station. Speaking of which, shouldn't those buses go to Union Station or somewhere adjacent??

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    1. The rest of the block is a school, but the NW corner is privately owned.

      That Greyhound station is downright depressing. Seems like it exists solely to fulfill this bit from Dave Attell: "I'm in a bus station, I'm not bragging, I'm just sitting there, right? You've been to a bus station, it's kinda scary. People walkin' around dirty, wearin' rags, babblin', shakin', droolin'. That's why no one ever blows up a bus station. They get down there, they look around, they're like 'Damn! Someone's already done this bitch, let's get outta here!"

      If and when Metro and SCAG get moving with the West Santa Ana Branch, there could be a station at 7th/Alameda, which will hopefully facilitate new investment into this part of the AD.

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