First look at Arts District live/work residential building with gallery space

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A project near the Arts District’s Greyhound bus terminal is moving forward, going before the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council today.

New renderings of the seven-story development on Seventh Street, near Decatur, show the planned structure, which will hold 122 residential units (14 of them for very low-income tenants) and commercial space for art production and gallery space.

Renderings by architecture firm HansonLA, which is designing the project, show residents’ balconies overlooking a shared courtyard with a fire pit. The new design invokes elements of the “existing eclectic mix of utilitarian industrial buildings as well as the high quality purpose-built masonry buildings in the adjacent neighborhood,” according to an announcement from the firm.

The building at 1800 East Seventh Street will have parking for 132 cars and 145 bikes. The developer is Elm Tree Investments LP, but the applicant listed on the DLANC agenda is Fred Afari of The Hillcrest Company.

Hillcrest is busy at work converting the nearby Walnut Growers Association into lofts, office space, and retail.

Courtesy of HansonLA

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