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Dearden’s building in DTLA will be refashioned into creative offices

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Downtown LA’s Dearden’s furniture store, which famously furnished Latino homes across LA for decades, shuttered last summer. Now, its next act is on the horizon.

The Los Angeles Business Journal reports that the building will house 100,000 square feet of creative office space and ground floor retail. Renovations are expected to begin “soon” and are expected to wrap up in late 2019.

The new owners ESI Ventures and Urban Offerings—both Westside-based companies—also partnered to purchase the Norton Building, which is located just around the block on Los Angeles Street near Eighth Street.

Last year, the duo presented its plans to renovate the five-story building to the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council. Its plan is to turn the structure into creative offices with a ground-floor food hall and a rooftop restaurant. Downtown’s Omgivning will be designing the Norton and Dearden’s reuse projects.

ESI alone bought the parking lot next to Dearden’s. That property “presents another real opportunity for future development,” says a release from ESI. The total cost for all three properties was approximately $134 million, the Journal says.

The Fashion District is the site of a few proposed adaptive reuse projects and one planned 33-story tower. The latter is being developed by Realm Group and Urban Offerings.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the parking lot would be used for parking. It will be developed.