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200 units planned for site of 1960s King Hing Theatre in Chinatown

Plus parking and retail

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A bevy of new development is already popping off in the blocks near the neighborhood’s Gold Line Station in Chinatown, but over on the southern end, near Olvera Street, there’s a new project proposed that could bring 203 new residential units plus parking and retail to a 1.11-acre site on North Spring Street.

Plans filed Tuesday show busy Chinatown developer Redcar is aiming to build a new 192,000-square-foot mixed-user on a property occupied by a shorter building with retail at street level. The plans are for 15 addresses on North Spring and neighborhing New High Street. The addresses include the King Hing Theatre, which was built in 1962 and designed by Chinese-American architect Gilbert L. Leong.

The plans don’t explicitly mention the theater, so it’s unclear whether it would be razed or incorporated into the new structure. Redcar has rehabbed other Downtown buildings. It has not immediately returned messages seeking clarification about its latest plans.

According to a post on the developer’s Instagram, the theater had recently been “reactivated” as an event rental space. In 2003, there was talk of director Quentin Tarantino leasing the space and reopening it as a theater to show retro Chinese films, but that doesn’t appear to have panned out.

The 203-unit project would reach a height of 102 feet and have 212 parking spaces for residents. The retail aspect of the development would take up about 21,000 square feet and have 70 parking space of its own for shoppers.

The project is listed on Redcar’s website as “in the design phase.”