Loft developer buys former The Tower of Tagging

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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  1. Interesting. Have to say, this makes way more sense than new loft/condo/apartment/other high density housing in Echo Park.

  2. Linear City is thick in the rental game now downtown, having also bought several projects intended to be for-sale condos…

    Meanwhile, very near to this building, the stupid “Brownstone Lofts” still have the chain-link fence up around them even though they were alleged to have received deposits on a majority of the for-sale units?

  3. i think it sounds like a worthwhile project. that building looks like it could be prettied up and the location is right.

  4. With the limited amount of rentals in the area and the great view that this building will provide it looks like a win win situation for the area….just one thing that I don’t know about the building, is there parking.

  5. that penthouse will be the illest spot and view. I got dibs !

  6. Can’t agree more with all the well wishes for this project!…Always thought this building was in an awesome location and it does have parking! It anchors the most eastern section of EP, so it has those amenities, but only a hop, skip and a jump from all the great spots in Downtown. The best of both worlds as it’s also friendly to freeway access. The section up the hill just north of Sunset from this spot is a great little pocket with awesome views that this building will be sure to have. I heard it’s called the “Forgotten Edge” by long time EP locals. If there’s a penthouse suite….I want an invite to the party!

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