While the North Arts District is adaptively reusing an old, vacant flour mill as a massive art space, down in the South Arts District, the wrecking ball is coming out. A fairly unlovely cold-storage company is slated to be demolished in favor of a handsome, brick-and metal-covered, 240-unit mixed-use compound. Broker/blogger Brigham Yen tells us that the Camden Group is in the approvals process for the project, called, almost parodically, Industrial, which will extend for a half-block along Industrial Street, but will also meet Alameda Street. The project is designed by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, the La-Cienega-based firm most known for its many small apartment buildings in West Hollywood.
Industrial will also add trees and pathways along both street frontages, presumably creating an environment more welcoming to walkers than the current busted-up pseudo-sidewalk. This is pretty far south in the Arts District, but it's not an island: it's just a couple blocks west on Industrial Street from the foodie hub on Mateo Street where Church & State and Little Bear reside. Construction is expected to begin in 2015 and wrap up in 2017.