Large live/work lofts coming to Broadway’s Singer Building

The building's ground floor space will be occupied by shoemaker Vans

A rendering of the Singer Building post-renovation and Omgivning Founding Principal Karin Liljegren
A rendering of the Singer Building post-renovation and Omgivning Founding Principal Karin Liljegren

Last year, the owners of the historic Singer Building in Downtown Los Angeles announced that shoemaker Vans would open a flagship store in the ground floor space at the building.

Now they’ve announced that the floors above will be live/work lofts.

Owner ANJAC Fashion is bringing in architecture firm Omgivning to take on the project, according to Urbanize. Each roughly 5,500-square-foot unit will have floor-to-ceiling windows that fold and open to new patios. A nearly 10,000-square-foot penthouse will have a double-height ceiling and the original sloped ceilings of the theater, according to Omgivning.

The firm is also restoring the façade of the 96-year-old building, at 808 South Broadway, and adding a rooftop amenity. ANJAC looks to open the retail space late next year.

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The immediate neighborhood is poised to become a retail hotspot. The Singer Building is sandwiched between an Urban Outfitters store and the future home of an Apple Store in the Tower Theater. Apple confirmed it was opening the store earlier this month after years of speculation.

Just rumors of Apple’s plans at the theater led some landlords and potential tenants in the area to hold off on long-term leases. Tenants wanted to know Apple was coming for sure and landlords saw an opportunity to boost rents when the tech giant did confirm it was coming.

Vans will join a slew of other hip apparel retailers on Broadway, including shoe specialists Footaction and Shiekh and high-end brand A.P.C.

The owners of the Tower Theater, the Delijani family, also announced earlier this week they will convert an aging neighboring office building into a 109-unit mixed use rental building. [Urbanize] – Dennis Lynch