Where there is now a parking lot and some unused commercial buildings on Wilshire in Westlake, there may soon be Valencia, a six-story mixed-use project from veteran developer Sonny Astani that he hopes will be a link between Downtown and Ktown. Now here's our first look at the project, designed by local firm Killefer Flammang and shared on Building LA. The $60-million development at Wilshire and Valencia Street will have 218 apartments, 18 of them reserved for low-income tenants, and 4,400 square feet of groundfloor retail. The area that has been referred to as Downtown's Jersey has seen quite a bit of new development recently (900 units, when the Downtown News counted last year), among them Holland Partners' luxury apartments at 1111 Wilshire (now leasing) and their proposed 648-unit apartment project just off Sixth Street between Lucas Avenue and Bixel Street. And there's yet another potential luxury complex, this one by the Somerset Group, possibly on the way near Wilshire and Carondelet, the same block where HBO writers are moving into the historic Hayworth theater. Westlake will, apparently, be gentrifying.
· Astani's Latest Westlake Mixed-User Revealed [Building LA]
· Astani Wants New Westlake Mixed-Use to Link DTLA and Ktown [Curbed LA]