New renderings for City Market, a Fashion District megaproject

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New renderings for the Fashion District’s City Market project have surfaced, thanks to a presentation given this week to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee.

The massive and transformative development would spread across a nearly 10-acre site roughly bordered by Ninth, San Pedro, 12th, and San Julian streets, with two additional sections off San Julian.

The project site, formerly a produce market, would eventually be home to a host of new buildings ranging from three stories tall to 38 stories, along with open space both private and public. A 25-year build-out for the multi-phase project is projected.

Designs by HansonLA offer a glimpse of the expansive planned development

The project encompasses a veritable neighborhood’s worth of uses:

  • 312,112 square feet of corporate and higher-education campus space
  • 945 residential units, including live/work lofts and below-market rentals (affordable/workforce housing)
  • Up to 201 hotel rooms, in a hotel aimed at out-of-town business people and visitors to the on-site school
  • Nearly 295,000 square feet of commercial space, for uses as varied as medical, creative office, and “general manufacturing”
  • About 225,000 square feet of retail space, including restaurants, bars, event space, and a movie theater with 744 seats
  • Roughly 3,700 parking spaces

The presentation documents also suggests the project would enact a number of policies friendly toward public transportation, bikes, and pedestrians, from unbundling parking from housing costs to providing dedicated carshare parking spaces.

Plans still call for building the project in in four phases or “blocks.” A start date is not mentioned.

City Market had been a bit of an outlier when we last checked in on it two years ago—the Fashion District wasn’t seeing anything this big back then. Now, the DTLA neighborhood is full of sites where large-scale projects are proposed, from the redevelopment of the Flower Market to a 33-story residential tower.

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