It’s amazing and so very exciting to see the massive Michael Maltzan-designed One Santa Fe project taking shape on the eastern edge of Downtown LA in the burgeoning Arts District, which is rapidly becoming one of the hottest neighborhoods in all of Los Angeles with new trendy shops like Warby Parker and Blacktop Coffee as well as EightyTwo barcade opening recently down the street. One Santa Fe — sandwiched between SCI-ARC and the Metro rail yard — will be a huge game changer for the Arts District adding an additional 438 apartment units for rent (potentially increasing the downtown population by another 650 residents) and adding lots of new businesses and community amenities (like a 99-seat theater) that will help inject more pedestrian activity into the immediate area, including an exciting new grocery store called GROW that’s planning to open later this year within the One Santa Fe courtyard.
Back in March of 2013 when I last toured the project, the rebar columns were just beginning to rise out of the ground and a large steel skeleton framing for the main “bridge” section of the development — that contains actual two-level townhomes — had just barely gone up. And now over a year later, here we are with this massive quarter-of-a-mile-long project taking shape beautifully as construction workers continued along aiming to complete the first phase of the project (the southern portion) in less than 6 months from now. The northern section of the development that abuts First Street is slated for completion by late December/early January 2015.
Take a pictorial tour below of this massive project under construction!