Commissioners approve artist-friendly apartment project in Arts District

The unanimous vote intended to slow the flight of artists from the neighborhood

TRD LOS ANGELES /
May.May 17, 2018 12:30 PM
The seven-story building with 122 live-work lofts planned for 1800 East Seventh Street (Credit: city planning department)

With artists fleeing from rapidly gentrifying downtown Los Angeles, city officials are looking to build an oasis in the Arts District.

The Los Angeles Planning Commission voted last week to approve a 122-unit mixed-use project that is specifically designed for artists, Curbed reported.

The project, designed by HansonLA, will include arts production space on each floor. Roughly 20 percent of each unit will be set aside as a workspace. A courtyard and swimming pool are among some of the amenities that will be available for tenants.

Hillcrest Co., the developer, filed plans to build a seven-story complex with 9,500 square feet of commercial space at 1800 East 7th Street in July 2016. It paid $2.4 million to acquire the site, a parking lot zoned for industrial use, roughly two years prior, property records show.

Out of the 122 live-work units, 14 will be set aside for very low-income residents. Those units will also have a “leasing preference” for artists, a Hillcrest representative said.

The Arts District has become a hotspot for developers in recent years, who are looking to take advantage of the neighborhood’s artistic flair and attractive rates. That has pushed rents up, and displaced many artists who can no longer afford to live there.

In December, City Council members Jose Huizar and Mike Bonin introduced a plan to create an affordable housing program for L.A. artists to receive subsidized housing. Huizar represents the Downtown Arts District while Bonin represents Venice, another neighborhood known as a beacon for gentrification. [Curbed] — Natalie Hoberman


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and At Mateo (Credit: Spotify)

Spotify expands to 150K sf in the Arts District: sources

Terreno Realty Chairman & CEO W. Blake Baird

Terreno Realty makes another industrial play in LA

The building with Cross Campus founder Ronen Olshansky and Suge Knight

From The Chronic to co-working: Cross Campus’ LA expansion now includes former Death Row Records HQ

Bill Watanabe, LTCIF’s chairman and president and Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo advocates launch community real estate fund

From left: Tom Gores and Mark Falcone with the project site

Continuum Partners sells Arts District project site to Tom Gores’ Platinum Equity

Ron Burkle owns Soho House

Soho House is expanding into the Arts District

Miro founder Andrey Khusid and Row DTLA

Atlas and Square Mile sign lease with tech startup at Row DTLA

The Skid Row City Limits mural

LA wants to rezone Skid Row to allow 100K units of new housing

arrow_forward_ios