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Much-Contested Arts District Mixed-User Gets Underway

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Just a stone's throw beyond the Arts District's giant One Santa Fe project, another hefty development—this one with 472 units and 21,000 square feet for retail—has started moving around dirt at the corner, notes Building LA. The collection of five- and six-story structures at 950 E. Third Street will eventually cover 400,000 square feet, and was designed by Kava Massih Architects to fit in with the Arts District as the developers see it; thus, it appears to be including multiple murals and have an industrial look to its exterior. Those touches alone weren't enough to make it the neighborhood sweetheart.

Many AD residents didn't worry too much about the aesthetics of 950 E. Third because they were more concerned with the giant size and car-centric design. After lots of back-and-forth with co-developers Associated Estates Realty and Legendary Development, a few changes were made: the parking was dialed down from 922 vehicle spaces to 744; developers also added a public path from Third Street through the project to Traction Avenue, and plan to convert lanes for car traffic between the two streets into areas for people on foot, the Downtown News reported earlier this year. The entirety of the project is projected to take about three years, starting with a 248-unit first stage.


· Controversial Arts District Complex Begins Work [BLA]
· Outcry Leads to New Look for Arts District Project [DN]
· Another Huge Mixed-Use Apartment Project For the Arts District [Curbed LA]