The county of Los Angeles begins work today on a huge project along Vermont Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets that will replace a handful of older government buildings with new offices, housing, and community space.
“The county employees deserved a better place to come to work to serve the residents of the county of Los Angeles,” County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said at this morning’s groundbreaking ceremony. “This community deserved better.”
The first phase of the project entails erecting a 21-story, Gensler-designed office complex, the future home of offices for the county’s departments of mental health and workforce development, aging, and community service.
“We wanted to create a place that would be as innovative and as forward-looking as our employees are,” said Ridley-Thomas.
The tower is a glassy structure that will sit along Vermont near Fifth Street. The county is partnering on the office building with developer Trammell Crow Company.
By mid-2019, developer Meta Housing is expected to begin work on another component of the project, which involves building a six-story senior housing complex with 72 units and a 13,000 square foot community center, designed by Y&M Architects.
Construction on the tower is expected to wrap up in late 2021, says Trammell Crow. Once the tower is complete, county workers in other buildings would move in. That would allow another phase of the project to get underway: the conversion of an existing 12-story building on the site into 172 apartments, designed by Steinberg Architects.
Previous estimates have the adaptive reuse project wrapping up sometime in 2023. The whole project is located roughly a block away from the Wilshire/Vermont subway station.