Lots of people were up in arms this past summer about the sudden razing of the 84-year-old Mole-Richardson Building, an Art Deco structure on La Brea that was designed by El Capitan Theatre architects Morgan, Walls & Clements, but just as many were also curious about what what going to be occupying the spot next. Now, via Building LA, we know: it's going to be a mixed-user.
That's less of surprise than the demolition was, considering that this spot is prime for this kind of development; just look across the street, at the long-gestating La Brea Gateway, a large and controversial complex that NIMBYs managed to whittle from 291 units down to 179 units and from seven stories down to five in its 10-year journey through the approvals process. Developers finally broke ground this spring, but they're bringing up the rear behind buildings including The Huxley, The Dylan, and the La Brea/Lexington project.
The development that's set to rise on the old Mole-Richardson site would be seven stories with 169 units (14 of which would be dedicated to very-low-income tenants), with 37,000 square feet of commercial space at street-level.
· Second Mixed-User Headed to La Brea/Willoughby [BLA]
· 1930s Art Deco Building Unceremoniously Destroyed in Fairfax [Curbed LA]