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Here’s the boutique hotel/condo/retail project proposed for the Arts District

12 stories near Urth Caffe

Courtesy of Togawa Smith Martin

Developers in the Arts District aren’t just making good use of the neighborhood’s handsome old warehouses and factories, they’re also building from scratch.

Plans for an Urth Caffe-adjacent lot off Fifth Street call for a new 12-story building with condos, retail, and a hotel, and new renderings from architecture firm Togawa Smith Martin, first spotted by Urbanize LA, give an idea of what that building would look like.

Courtesy of Togawa Smith Martin

Called Arts District Center on the architects’ website, the project would bring 129 live/work condos to the neighborhood, as well as a 113-room “boutique ‘art’ hotel” and 70,000 square feet of eateries and stores.

To keep things artsy, the complex will also include a pedestrian-oriented “art plaza” on the corner of Fifth and Seaton, and an art gallery and event space measuring over 10,000 square feet.

The project has been “nearly a decade in the making” says Urbanize.

It’s planned for a lot between Seaton and Colyton streets on Fifth Street, just a block west of the popular Urth Caffe and not far from the new Arts District park.

The whole neighborhood is bursting with new projects, and this part of it is no exception. Just south of Fifth Street, an even bigger project is planned that would bring over 300 condos and nearly 400 parking spaces to the Arts District. A block north, on Fourth Street between Seaton and Alameda, developers are planning to rehab an old brick industrial building into a 66-room hotel.