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Construction Watch: 210-Unit Eleven Eleven Wilshire in Downtown LA City West

A rendering of Eleven Eleven Wilshire in City West (Photo: Holland Residential)

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.

A vertical banner advertises the new Eleven Eleven Wilshire with pre-leasing available and occupancy in Jan 2013

The seven story Eleven Eleven Wilshire apartment complex, when completed in early 2013, will add another 210 market rate units to a growing City West urban neighborhood

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  1. Alika says

    Agreed about the need for planters/pedestrian amenities along the overpasses. And frankly I’ve always felt this area needs a freeway cap park more than the El Pueblo neighborhood does, but maybe I’m in the minority on that. :-S

    • gary says

      no, was actually thinking the same thing. I’m not sure about more so, but definitely up there. I think once developers and the city realize we need more park space once every spot is taken, this will be our only option.

  2. sebastian says

    Would be nice if they can atleast start capping the freeway in pieces, if they don’t have all the funds.

  3. Steven says

    Have you heard any rumors about the 1027 plot down the street? Was always disappointed that the huge tower they had planned fell through. Never was that enthusiastic about the mid rise they had most recently slotted for it.

    • I heard 1027 is supposed to break ground “soon.” I’m sure Eleven Eleven Wilshire doing well with occupancy will only help the chances of 1027 getting off the ground. I also am disappointed that it won’t be something taller, but at this point, we have SO MANY deadzones in Downtown LA, mid-rise structures are great infill projects that help increase density, cleaning up the area, activating sidewalks with new residents walking, which will ultimately lead to a mature neighborhood that could one day support taller construction costs.

  4. Andrew says

    I’ve always thought it would be great to cap this part of the freeway with buildings instead of a park… Creating a continuous streetwall over the freeway would really serve to connect City West and downrown proper. I wonder what the economics on a building over freeway would be.

    • corner soul says

      I agree, and wonder if selling the new land to developers would be enough to pay for the cap (or a substantial portion of it). IMO, It would be nice to strengthen the pedestrian connection an also break up the monolithic density a bit with a quaint plaza… maybe a brick lane with some shade, some shops and some public space (like Space 15 Twenty on Cahuenga or Miller Alley in Pasadena).

      • Andrew says

        If the city “gifted” the “land”/rights to build over the freeway and allowed such a development to determine it’s own parking, thus reducing the land costs etc., a project could potentially pencil out. It would be a win win for the city and developer. That sound like the real world though… Worth thinking abou though.

        • Matthew B says

          If it could pencil out for buildings to be built there, that would totally change the economics of capping the freeway and make it sustainable. Boston has been doing a good job of this over the past decades: with another big development in the pipeline near Fenway Park. The only thing that could prevent it from working out is the large number of undeveloped parking lots downtown. If, however, just one building were to get built spanning the 110 next to Wilshire, that would already provide a *much* improved pedestrian connection to City West.

  5. I been involved on financing some of the developments downtown. The capital is back and we will see several new projects breaking ground. We are also seeing several developers use 80/20 Tax credit financing, to get good financing terms and benefit the community with 20% affordable units.

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