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Huge Fashion District Project Will First Clearcut 10-Acre Site

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The Department of City Planning is gearing up to produce (pdf) the environmental impact report for the massive, gamechanging Fashion District project announced last month, called City Market. City planners announced today they'll hold a public hearing on the massive mixed-use project early next month, and in the meantime have released a bit more information about it, fleshing out some details, and with one major change. When the project was announced last month, the plan was to demolish some of the wharehouses, wholesale, and office buildings on the site, and to redevelop others. Now the plan is to demolish everything on the 10-acre site and start again from scratch.

The project area is bounded by Ninth and Twelfth Streets, San Pedro to the east, and will span both sides of San Julian Street. Once they've cleared the site, developers plan to build 945 residential units; up to 210 hotel rooms; commercial space for office, medical, and manufacturing uses; retail space, including a 700-seat cinema; an educational campus area; and more than 3,500 parking spaces. The hearing notice also indicates that the project would allow for a "land use equivalency program," meaning that the developers could change their proposed land uses--within a framework--to suit market demands. The limited information released so far does not say how many buildings all that will require, though they do indicate that building height will range from three to 38 stories. To get it all done the developers are requesting a range of zoning variances (basically exceptions) from the city, including a zoning change from light manufacturing to community commercial, a height district change, and permission for advertising signage.

When all is said and done, 59,000 square feet of space will be replaced with 1.69 million square feet. As we reported in January, City Market could take 20 years to complete.
· Notice of Preparation of Environmental Impact Report and Scoping Meeting [LA City Planning]
· Huge Plans to Reinvent Fashion District With College, Housing [Curbed LA]