The huge Fashion District development known as City Market is scheduled to go before the city’s planning commission next week, and planning department documents for the hearing reveal new renderings for the project.
City Market would spread across a multi-block roughly bordered by Ninth, San Pedro, 12th, and San Julian streets, with two additional sections off San Julian. The build-out of the 10-acre site is anticipated to take place over the course of 25 years.
When complete, the HansonLA-designed City Market would include 945 residential units, 210 hotel rooms, nearly 295,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space, almost 225,000 square feet of retail including a 744-seat movie theater, and a roughly 300,000-square-foot campus for either business or educational uses. Digital signs could dot the walls and roofs.
The tallest building on the site is expected to rise 38 stories.
City Market developers want to build bigger than what city code allows, and are negotiating a development agreement with the city to make that happen.
They are offering to dedicate a minimum of 5 percent of the residential units (48 units) as housing for low-income and workforce housing, part of a more than $11- million package for homeless services, public transit, and affordable housing elsewhere in Council District 14.
In exchange, the city would allow “some limited and appropriate flexibility to modify the proposed land uses and floor area that is responsive to the future demands of the changing market and economy” that might occur over the drawn-out construction period, planning documents say.
The Fashion District is drawing more and more attention from developers, and more ambitious plans from long-time property owners. The neighborhood’s first skyscraper—a 33-story tower slated for Seventh and Maple—received the planning commission’s approval in September (despite opposition by local activists worried about a luxury housing glut).
The Flower Market near Seventh and Wall streets is planning a major overhaul that would add a 15-story residential building to the four-acre site, and a 379-unit residential complex is proposed at 11th and Main streets. If these projects all pan out, it will mean a very different Fashion District in the not-so-distant future.