The man who gave us faux-Italian apartment complexes the Orsini I, II, and II, the Pieros, and the Medici--all hugging the 110 freeway--is about to break ground on yet another freeway-adjacent project with an Italian name: the Da Vinci. Geoff Palmer's latest mixed-user will bring 526 apartments and 14,000 square feet of groundfloor retail to 909 West Temple Street at the very edge of Bunker Hill. Two buildings are planned, along with 1,000 new parking spaces. Palmer bought the site, which has an up-close view of the 110/101 interchange, back in 2004 and just secured a $56 million loan (covering just over half the price tag) to get the project built. According to the LA Business Journal (sub. req.), when construction starts early next year it will mark "the first new apartment project in the neighborhood in more than a decade." Units will range in size from studio to three-bedroom, with most featuring a little outdoor space of some kind.
Scaled down from an original plan for as many as 670 units, Palmer called the complex a "much needed housing complex [that] is a big win for the downtown Los Angeles community." For those of you who thrill to Palmer's brand of fortress-like Tuscan buildings, you're about two years away from being able to call the Da Vinci home. We hope these floorplans can tide you over until then. Once completed it will also include a fitness center, two pools, a media room, indoor basketball court, landscaped courtyards, and quite a lot of fountains.
·Apartment Project Moves Into Downtown L.A [LA Business Journal, sub. req.]
·Palmer's Lorenzo Tower Shelved, Tuscan Still on the Table [Curbed LA]