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Echo Park's Metropolitan Water District Apts. Are a Year Out

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The former Metropolitan Water District building on Sunset and Alvarado looks to be making good progress on its journey from abandoned office block to 92 market-rate condos. Via Eastsider LA comes word that the 1963 William Pereira-designed building is in a rather immodest state of undress and has a new name: it will be called 1111 Sunset. Once developers Linear City (the company behind the Toy Factory and Biscuit Company Lofts) get done with it, the seven-story building will feature "a new facade of glass and light-colored materials," balconies fashioned out of the original horizontal platforms, and a ground-floor cafe. Getting to this point has not been easy. Vacant since 1993, the building has passed through the hands of a church, a developer who wanted to convert the space to senior housing, and another developer who wanted it for condos before it landed in the hands of Linear City, who bought the fully-entitled project for $6.8 million in 2011. If all goes according to plan, the building will open in February 2014.
· High-rise living in the making over Sunset Boulevard [Eastsider LA]
· Echo Park's Metropolitan Water District Apartments Back On [Curbed LA]