Jade Enterprises to build campus-like project near Soho Warehouse

Labor union fails to stop project on appeal with CEQA concerns

Nov.November 15, 2019 07:35 AM
A rendering of the project
A rendering of the project

Downtown developer Jade Enterprises won approval from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission to build a campus-like, mixed-use project near the Arts District’s Soho Warehouse.

The members-only Soho Warehouse, with hip clubs scattered around the world, resides in the six-story, 100-year-old building at 1000 S. Santa Fe Avenue. It is just one of the many reuse projects hitting the Arts District with massive new office conversions, breweries and other developments.

The Jade Enterprises project is the latest to join the crowd in the Arts District.

The campus will be built at 2110 E. Bay St., and consist of three buildings built on top of subterranean parking containing 479 spaces, according to Urbanize.

On the campus’ east side, a six-story office building would be located while the remaining western half would incorporate an existing 30-foot tall “warehouse shed” that will be adaptively reused and incorporated as part of the two-level retail component fronting Bay Street.

An 11-story structure fronting Sacramento Street would contain 110 live-work apartments — including 11 for low-income renters. The other two buildings would include 113,000 square feet of office space and 51,000 square feet of commercial space.

The industrial development, designed by Studio One Eleven, would include both ground-up construction and the reuse of some existing buildings. The 11-story tall office structure would be linked to the other two buildings with a series of pedestrian walkways that criss-cross the 1.8-acre development site.

Jade Enterprises is run by brothers David, Albert, and Benny Taban, and is working on three other developments in Downtown Los Angeles dubbed the Emerald, Onyx and Topaz developments. It’s also working on the Sapphire development in Westlake.

A Jade spokesman was unavailable to comment on when construction would begin on the nearly three-year old project.

In voting to approve the project, the city planning commissioners also rejected an appeal from a group affiliated with the Laborers’ International Union of North America, which represents 500,000 energy and construction workers.

The union argued that the project did not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act and should require further study.

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