Just about a year ago, we got wind of a plan to bring two mixed-use complexes by notorious monstrosity-maker Geoff Palmer (the Orsini, Lorenzo, Pieros, etc.) to Broadway at Ninth Street, which is probably the hottest up-and-coming block in the city right now. Now, the seven- and ten-story developments have been approved by the Planning Department and are on the move. What's on the way? Well, they're decidedly non-Italian (yay!), but they also don't look very exciting at this point. Seven-story Building A at 1026 Broadway will have commercial space and seven live/work units on the ground floor, below 247 apartments. There will be two floors of underground parking and nearly 300 bicycle parking spots. Building B at 928 Broadway will be split into "two masses" around an internal courtyard, with just over 35,000 square feet of commercial space, 10 live/work units on the ground floor, and 437 apartments above. It will be seven stories tall along Main Street but 10 stories along Broadway (you gotta have that roof deck).
Building B will also have four levels of underground parking with about 1,150 spaces for cars and 518 for bikes. To meet requirements for green space, Building B will also have an "attractively landscaped," pedestrian-friendly public plaza that will preserve the Banksy mural at jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino's Sparkle Factory (908 Broadway), which was previously endangered by the project.
Neither of the buildings are going to be in the hideous faux-Italian style that developer Palmer has previously shown such great fondness for—in fact, they're supposed to complement the existing buildings in the historically designated Broadway Theater District by espousing "simplified versions of the Beaux Arts style." A nice touch in that vein is the blade sign that says "Broadway Palace" (No word if that's the official name of the two complexes or simply a placeholder/nod to the Palace Theater up the street), as seen in city planning documents.
· Site Plan Review, 928 and 1026 Broadway [LA City Planning]
· Fauxtalian Fortress Developer Geoff Palmer Planning Non-Horrific Apartments For Southern Broadway [Curbed LA]