Adaptive reuse project with 60 live-work units planned around DTLA’s Fashion District

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A new adaptive use project could bring 60 new live-work units to the edge of Downtown Los Angeles’s Fashion District, where something of a development boom seems to be quietly getting under way.

The project would be located at 785 South Towne Ave, on the northern border of the district and just south of Skid Row. The four-story industrial building that would be adaptively reused was built in 1917 and currently houses several textile businesses and a convenience store.

Plans filed with the city Thursday show the units would be fairly small—an average of 738 square feet apiece, with a minimum size of 410 square feet. Those numbers are a bit smaller than what the city normally allows for adaptive reuse projects, so the developer has requested an adjustment to the zoning code to allow for the compact size of the units.

The plans also call for commercial space on the building’s ground floor.

A growing list of major new developments are planned for the Fashion District, including a massive mixed use complex with residential units, hotel rooms, offices, and commercial space; a redevelopment of the Southern California Flower Market with residential space, offices, restaurants, and retail; and a 33-story tower with housing and commercial space.

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