EIR Released for Big Arts District Project

March 8, 2019

Downtown LA News

The developer of the Arts District Center, a 12-story mixed-use project on the western end of the neighborhood, has released the draft environmental impact report for the proposed complex. The project would replace commercial spaces at 1129 E. Fifth St. with 129 live/work condos, a 113-room hotel and multiple art production and gallery spaces.

Plans also call for 58,698 square feet of restaurant and retail space on the first two floors. The development would span the block between Seaton and Colyton streets. The complex comes from property owner Kevin Chen, who is developing Arts District Center in partnership with China Building Techniques Group. Renderings from architecture firm Togawa Smith Martin show the lower two levels wrapped in brick, and murals covering the upper floors.

According to the EIR, construction would last 30 months, with “project operations” starting in 2021. No budget has been revealed.