New Development in CD 10 April 2018

There is a spate of new development activities in CD 10 -- many in areas long ignored by the real estate investment community, with some but not all of it driven by what developers and the Los Angeles City Planning Department staff  like to call "transit rich opportunities." Some of the projects are highly anticipated, but others are receiving pushback from neighbors concerned about height and density, plus potential parking and traffic impacts.

The proposed projects together include at least 2,000 market rate residential units (plus several hundred affordable units), two hotels, two office complexes (one is 17 stories), a City Target, Sprouts, and an assortment of trendy micro-breweries, food courts, and at least one rooftop-with-views restaurant.

Koreatown is also experiencing a surge in development – with 40-plus projects on the docket and plenty of associated controversy. (see Grace Yoo's report on Pg....) For this issue we look at Western Ave. and Adams Blvd. 


In the updated South Los Angeles Community Plan, which will take effect sometime in the next few months, Western Avenue is identified as a major transit corridor allowing new “unlimited height” mixed use buildings along some blocks. So far we haven’t seen any related development proposals (perhaps investors are waiting for their big reveals until after the Plan changes are in effect.) But there are several projects already in process:

1919 S. Western Ave. (20th St) – A six-story, 70-foot-high mixed use residential building with two affordable and 20 market rate units atop one level of commercial and office on the former site of the Lighthouse Barbeque shack just north of the 10 freeway. Building permit applications have been submitted.

2211 S. Western Ave. (South side of 10 freeway)– The owners of this site, just south of the eastbound freeway off-ramp, submitted plans in March to demolish the existing auto repair shop and erect a five-story, 43,000-square-foot hotel featuring 81 guest rooms and 6,260 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

2231 S. Western Ave. (24th St. above Adams) – Owner CIM is doing an adaptive reuse of the former Doctors Hospital into 60 market rate loft-style apartments and rooftop restaurant. Architects Shubin + Donaldson reimagined the exterior with new balconies and painted a deep charcoal. The restaurant will have 120 seats and views in all directions (unless, of course, the proposed hotel to the north gets in the way).

When CIM paid nearly $10 million for the hospital in 2010, it also acquired the vacant parcels between that building and the auto repair site, plus several lots to the west of the auto site. CIM’s plans for those parcels have not yet been announced.

2645 S. Western Ave. (south of Adams at 27th) – Another proposed hostelry, this one a Best Western Hotel, is in the entitlements stage. The Jefferson Park HPOZ board has approved the proposed design, but there will be a near-future Zoning Administrator hearing on a series of other requests, including a site plan review and approval for a hotel within 500 feet of residential properties. Some neighbors express continuing concern about a "motel" on a corridor infamously beset with prostitution, but hotel operator Best Western notes they are spending millions of dollars and have no intention of, um, renting rooms by the hour.


4327 West Adams Blvd. – Johnny Pastrami would reopen under the proposal to convert an adjacent warehouse building into a microbrewery with 199 seats.

4801 West Adams Blvd. – The nonprofit Reach for the Top is building “Casa Amador,” a $2.15 million, three-story affordable housing project to serve low- and moderate-income single women with children. It also includes ground level retail.

5645 West Adams Blvd. – This is the location of Mohawk Bend owner Tony Yanow’s eagerly awaited craft beer microbrewery and restaurant. The proposal has been approved by Planning Department officials, and is awaiting sign-offs from Building and Safety.

The website Urbanize.LA also notes that West Adams Boulevard “has recently seen a surge of infill developments, including … a three-story office building at 5245 Adams.  Larger residential-retail projects are also planned at 5109 and 5163 Adams, and nonprofit developer Abode Communities has proposed two buildings east [of] Crenshaw Boulevard.”


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