Onni Group’s plans for L.A. Times complex call for 2 towers, 1,200 units

The Times building at 202 West 1st Street
The Times building at 202 West 1st Street

Onni Group has finally revealed some specifics of its plans to redevelop a site formerly owned by the L.A. Times in Times Mirror Square.

The Vancouver-based firm submitted plans to build a 1,127-unit, two-tower complex on the site, city documents show. Onni will raze two structures on the western portion of the site to make way for the towers, including a six-story office building at First and Broadway. The new buildings, designed by AC Martin, the firm behind the Wilshire Grand, will rise to 37 stories and 53 stories, respectively.

The unveiling of Onni’s plans for the L.A. Times building come three months after the company acquired the Times Mirror Square at 202 West First Street for more than $100 million, the L.A. Times reported.

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As part of its plans, the developer would also build a pedestrian walkway between First and Second Streets to separate the new buildings from the older Art Deco ones on the site. The ground floors of the older buildings would be converted to shops, restaurants and a grocery store, Onni told the Times.

“We also understand the long-standing history the L.A. Times building holds and are dedicated to working carefully with the city to preserve its celebrated aesthetic while ensuring it can continue to stand as a monument to the progress of the city,” David Evans, Onni’s vice president of development, said in a statement.

The project is just the latest in the works for Onni.

The company is also planning a 48-story tower at 1000 South Hill Street in South Park, Urbanize reported. The project would have 498 units as well as 8,700-square-feet of ground-floor commercial space. [LAT] [Urbanize]Cathaleen Chen