An approximately million-square-foot development with hundreds of apartments, condos, a hotel and two residential towers rising as high as 49 stories would be constructed on the eastern edge of Echo Park, according to plans unveiled today.
The conceptual plans announced for the approximately 5.5-acre site at 1111 Sunset Boulevard — the former Metropolitan Water District campus — would dramatically change the eastern gateway to Echo Park and mark the expansion of the Downtown development boom.
The investment group behind the project is trying to move quickly to get it built, projecting the giant complex would be constructed by 2023 if the city grants the necessary approvals, according to the L.A. Times. Already, Councilman Gil Cedillo, who represents the eastern edge of Echo Park, has endorsed the $600 million project that is certain to bring more people, traffic and investment to the neighborhood.
Here’s a rundown of the major elements included in the proposed development:
Residential: 778 market-rate and affordable residential units. The residences would be included low-rise buildings as well as high-rise towers, one of which will rise 31 stories, the other 49, said the L.A. Times. 76 of the apartments would be reserved at affordable rates, according to the L.A. Times. The 49-story building would be the city’s tallest skyscraper outside of the Downtown core.
Hotel: A boutique hotel will be the first major L.A. project by noted Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who designed the Tokyo 2020 National Olympic Stadium.
Commercial: “Neighborhood-serving retail” will be located along Sunset.
Open Space: More than two acres of terraces, gardens, courtyards, fountains and an overlook views of downtown designed by James Corner Field Operations. The public will be able to access the site through numerous points located at the perimeter of the oval shaped site.
The proposal is subject to city and public review.
The developer said its concept for the former water district campus, which sits at the base of the Victor Heights neighborhood, would open the property to the surrounding neighborhood. Currently, the complex, designed by Mid-Century architect William Pereira, sits above Sunset Boulevard, with a retaining wall running along the entire length of the block.
“The design plan activates street life on Sunset Boulevard and integrates with public transit and ride-sharing points along the Sunset Boulevard corridor leading into the Downtown area,” said a statement issued by the developer.
Plans for the giant development were announced soon after Canadian developer Aragon properties filed a final environmental report for a 214-unit apartment complex that would be constructed one block west on Sunset.
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