The Fashion District has gotta be the next big up-and-comer in Downtown and now along comes an adaptive reuse project of the historic Grether & Grether building in the 'hood, right next to the Santee Court complex. The project first got moving through city planning in March; developers are proposing 72 live/work lofts and groundfloor retail/restaurant space for the 1924 structure. The Grether & Grether Lofts will convert the basement of the six-story building into an underground lot with 30 parking spaces; all the amenities (gym, dog area, "yoga space") will be on the roof, says Jack Ravan, a rep for the investor group behind the project and president of real estate firm South Park Group.
Grether & Grether Lofts will use the same architect as another South Park Group project in the Fashion District, the Emil Brown Lofts on Ninth Street, which was also an adaptive reuse undertaking. Also like the EBL, this building was originally designed by John M. Cooper, who designed the Roxie Theater and a number of commercial buildings throughout the city. Construction on the lofts is expected to start mid-June and last about 18 months.
· Curbed Inside: Downtown's Emil Brown Lofts [Curbed LA]
· Fashion District Archives [Curbed LA]