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Lincoln Heights warehouse complex across from Gold Line station sells for $20M

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A creative studio will make the complex its new headquarters

A 90,000-square-foot warehouse complex in Lincoln Heights long used as a filming location has sold for $20 million, according to Partners Trust.

The nine-warehouse complex, in use for over 35 years as the Lacy Street Production Center, sold to “design-driven production company” Buck Design. (L.A. Confidential and Catch Me If You Can were filmed here.)

The company plans to continue operating the site as the Lacy Street Production Center, Jeff Ellermeyer, Buck Design’s managing director and principal tells Curbed. Buck Design has offices in New York and Sydney, Australia, as well as an existing Downtown LA location. (It will not turn the site into its headquarters, as previously reported.)

The warehouse complex is across the street from the Gold Line’s Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park station, and right off the 110 and 5 freeways.

The seller was a family trust that has owned the property, named Columbia Mills, for over four decades.

Around two years ago, there were plans to use the site to create a mixed-use complex via a combination of new construction and adaptive reuse. That redevelopment would have created office space, live/work units, and retail.

Just a few blocks away from this site sits the old Lincoln Heights jail, which is scheduled for reuse. Proposals recently presented to the public included a variety of possible uses for the 1920s-era jail, including housing, retail, and park space.