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Another Private Club Planned For Downtown LA's Arts District

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A fancy co-working club could be on the way to the old Challenge Cream and Butter Company, along with a gym, market, and retail

A new filing with the LA City Planning Department, via Urbanize LA, suggests that what's coming to this old industrial space in Downtown LA's ever-more-fancy-and-expensive Arts District is, at least in part, another private club. The Arts District is already set to host a six-story, members-only Soho Warehouse south of Seventh Street.

The old Challenge Cream and Butter Company building at the northwest corner of Second Street and Vignes, near the northern border of the AD, will have about 65,000 more square feet added to its existing 47,000 square feet—ULA says that will take the form of about three stories added to the top of the two-story building. Those new upstairs floors will hold the private club, plus offices and amenities like a gym and pool; downstairs, there will be retail and food options.

When the 1926 building was sold to Est4te Four Capital last year, a press release quoted a company rep saying they were hoping to get "a high end co-work membership club to anchor this property," and it looks like they're well on their way. Construction could start this year.

According to the LA Conservancy, the former warehouse was designed by the firm of architect Charles F. Plummer. Plummer would later join architects Welton Becket and Walter Wurdeman and form Plummer, Wurdeman, and Becket, which designed such notable structures as the long-gone Pan-Pacific Auditorium in Fairfax. In the 1980s, the butter building was revitalized as "One of the first conversions following the approval of the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) ordinance," the city law that made it easier for artists to move into the warehouses of the AD.