It’s exciting to watch the growth of City West as it becomes a bona fide urban neighborhood of Downtown LA. Located west of the 110 freeway across from the Financial District, City West has gained more residential population as more mixed-use projects have gone up over the last decade (starting with the Medici back in 2000). Creating a critical mass of residential density will allow City West to develop a more vibrant neighborhood supporting more businesses. The latest project to join the neighborhood is Eleven Eleven Wilshire (1111 Wilshire), which is actively under construction at the corner of Wilshire and Bixel.
Developed by Holland Residential, the seven story mixed-use project is slated for completion in early 2013 and will add 210 market rate apartment rentals to City West. A large banner hanging on the side of the building advertises “Pre-Leasing” and expected occupancy in Jan 2013. According to the Downtown News, the first floor will have almost 8,000 square feet of retail space. The second floor will apparently be reserved for the apartment building’s amenities, which will likely have a fitness center and resident lounge.
As City West continues to increase in density and vibrancy, the need for a better connection for pedestrians between City West and the Financial District will become more apparent. Currently, the sterile and ugly overpasses along Wilshire and 7th Street are the only ways to walk across. As the new FIGat7th shopping center opens, we should provide the residents who live in City West a more pleasant way to access the rest of Downtown LA. Improving the overpasses by adding aesthetic enhancements such as higher railings, street lamps, and perhaps even planters could do wonders.