The Downtown News reports that loft developer Linear City has purchased the former Metropolitan Water District tower that earlier this year was covered with tagging and graffiti. Linear City paid $6.8 million for the vacant Sunset Boulevard building located in Victor Heights between downtown and Echo Park. The developer plans to transform the long vacant tower designed by architect William Pereira, who also designed the Transamerica pyramid in San Francisco CBS Television City in Los Angeles, into 92 apartments.
Linear City does not have a timetable for construction. However, Leonard Hill, one of the firm’s partners, told the Downtown News that renovation of the building could help serve as vital link between Downtown and Chinatown and Echo Park and Silver Lake.
“I see taking what has become a very vital and exciting scene in the Silver Lake and Echo Park sections of Sunset and allowing it to continue downstream to that part of Sunset, which is sort of a no-man’s land,” Hill said. “I also believe Chinatown is going to go through a revitalization and this is the logical link between Echo Park and Chinatown.”
The tagging that covered the tower was eventually cleaned up following neighborhood complaints.
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