Apartment developer clears out the former Tower of Tagging

Demolition crews are busy clearing out the interior of a seven-story Sunset Boulevard officer tower as the developer prepares to turn the building located halfway between Echo Park and downtown into a 92-unit apartment complex Last November, developer Linear City announced it had purchased the former Metropolitan Water District officer tower, which had drawn complaints last year after the vacant building at the base of Victor Heights was covered with tagging.  The tagging was eventually cleaned up and the building sale announced a few months later.

What will the tower–designed by architect William Pereira, who also designed the Transamerica pyramid in San Francisco CBS Television City in Los Angeles–look like after the renovation is completed?

Yuval Bar-Zemer, a member of Linear City working on the project, said the firm is still working on finalizing design details. But construction is scheduled to begin in October and take about 14 months to complete. 


  1. Cool building, should make some nice apartments with great views (infinitely better than Orsini-type stuff). Victor Heights is a little neighborhood with a lot of potential as well and this conversion could help give it a boost – especially if there is some small scale ground floor retail.

  2. Roof top pool! Gorgeous view of downtown in the evenings. The cheers in the background of Dodgers Stadium. Eastside Market a few blocks away. The pool idea is key…….. and a Gym.

  3. That’s my hill and I couldn’t be prouder! I love our in-between neighborhood. This building has so much potential and I welcome its future loft-dwellers with open arms.

    Now about that adjoining Shepherd University…

  4. Angeleno Heightster

    This place is just around the bend, more or less, from the “Brownstone Lofts” or whatever the latest developer is calling it – now back under construction as apartments. Between the two, there may well be an audience for a retail business (other than CVS), restaurant (other than Jack in the Box) or watering hole (does Club Bahia count?). Turn Seng’s Auto Repair into an indoor/outdoor eatery/beer garden? Just a little wishful thinking…

  5. That building is a classic, and I love that part of Sunset. And there is more there than Jack in the Box and CVS, if you look — like La Esquinita, and the Eastside deli on Alpine.

  6. This property has been an interesting wreck for as long as I can remember and that part of the Eastside is ripe for some solid re-development. I’m looking forward to seeing what this group puts together for this site, especially since their mixed-use projects in Downtown Los Angeles have really come together.

  7. question : does this building have double-loaded interior corridors or is the circulation only around the perimeter on the exterior walkways?

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