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Construction underway to turn West Adams medical center into live/work lofts

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The project will bring 60 lofts and a rooftop restaurant

There’s movement on a plan to adaptively reuse a former medical center in West Adams as live/work lofts. Construction is happening now at the site on Western Avenue and 24th Street.

A permit issued in March to developer CIM Group states that the six-story building at 2231 South Western Avenue will hold 60 live/work units, a spacious rooftop with a restaurant, and a basement parking garage.

City planning documents list David Lawrence Gray Architects as the architect for the development. The company’s website features renderings of the project, called Western Lofts, with balconies for every unit and a glassy rooftop area. Landscape design is by Superjacent.

The medical center was founded 1971 as the former Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center. It closed in 2013, the same year the company “admitted paying to recruit homeless people off skid row in Los Angeles and billing the government for unnecessary care,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

CIM has owned the property since 2015. City records show the firm paid about $9.7 million to acquire the site. In the fall of 2016, CIM gave the space to an art show curated by the dealer who worked with CIM to create its corporate art collections. The reuse project was approved in 2017.