The major redevelopment of Downtown’s bustling Southern California Flower Market, where vendors sell flowers wholesale and retail, would alter the bock between Seventh and Wall streets where the market sits. New renderings by architects Brooks + Scarpa, which is designing the project, show in detail the boldly colored and reimagined property.
Developed by the families who have owned the flower marketplace for years, the new complex would include reusing part of the existing flower market.
The southern section of the marketplace would be replaced with a 15-story residential tower holding 323 apartments—32 of which would be affordable housing.
The project would create about 64,000 square feet of office space, approximately 4,400 square feet of retail space, and about 10,000 square feet of event space.
The property’s namesake flower marketplace would continue to operate throughout construction, and would remain after the redevelopment concludes.
The architects explain that the bright blues, yellows, and greens of the corrugated aluminum screens that will adorn the exterior of the future development are intended to “[honor] the beauty of the flower itself and... create a beacon for this part of the city.”
New murals with flower themes will be painted onto an existing concrete building, which will be renovated as part of the project.
Construction on the 568,000-square-foot, $170 million redevelopment could begin in 2019, with completion expected in 2022, according to the recently released draft environmental impact report for the project.