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Caffe Primo and First Residents Moving into New AVANT Mixed-User in South Park Downtown LA

The new Avant mixed-use rental development in South Park is also getting a massive new Caffe Primo restaurant space on the ground floor

The new Avant mixed-use rental development in South Park is also getting a massive new Caffe Primo restaurant space on the ground floor

A large 440-unit residential mixed-use project called Avant is now nearing completion on the southern edge of South Park in Downtown LA just south of Pico and across from the LA Convention Center. The three phase project — developed by Century West Partners and designed by local Downtown LA architect firm GMP — is comprised of three separate 7-story buildings with studios, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Situated between Figueroa and Flower Streets, the first phase facing Flower with 76 rental apartments (including 4 live/work units) is now accepting move-ins with already 30 units leased out and 10 units scheduled to be occupied by the end of May. The second phase facing Figueroa with 171 units is slated to open next month in June with an exciting designer showcase event spanning three days (June 24 thru 26) that will allow prospective residents to check out some really decked out designer model units. With 193 units, the third and largest phase — also along Figueroa and just south of the second phase portion separated by a surface parking lot — is actively under construction with the wood framing still exposed and scheduled to be completed by early 2015. Building Los Angeles reports that another mixed-use project is already in the initial planning stages to fill in the surface lot between the two Avant buildings.

Avant plays a critical role helping to revitalize the southern section of South Park along the Figueroa Corridor, which will be getting a much needed and exciting complete streets road diet called the “MyFigueroa Project” that will widen sidewalks, remove traffic lanes along the gratuitously wide street and add in a fully protected bike lane along with other pedestrian-oriented enhancements that will help strengthen the urban connection between Downtown LA and USC/Expo Park. In addition, Avant sets a new precedent along an otherwise desolate stretch of Flower Street that will help pull investment southward toward the 10 freeway.

And to help with the activation along this southern stretch of Figueroa, Avant has leased out one of three ground floor retail spaces to local restaurant chain Caffe Primo, which has another downtown location at the Pegasus Apartments in the Financial District. This will be a massive 6,500 square foot restaurant with an exciting retail component akin to Bottega Louie where customers can purchase a variety of grab-and-go items. Food delivery will be available for residents in Avant as an added convenience. Caffe Primo at Avant is slated to open in early to mid 2015.

For more info about Avant, visit them online.

The new Avant mixed-use residential project will add 440 rental units to South Park in Downtown LA

The new Avant mixed-use residential project will add 440 rental units to South Park in Downtown LA

Brand new wide sidewalks with street fronting retail spaces will help revitalize and activate this stretch of Figueroa south of Pico

Brand new wide sidewalks with street fronting retail spaces will help revitalize and activate this stretch of Figueroa south of Pico

Up to three retail spaces front Figueroa, one of which will be a new 6,500 square foot Caffe Primo

Up to three retail spaces front Figueroa, one of which will be a new 6,500 square foot Caffe Primo

A view of the backside of Avant facing east toward Flower Street

A view of the backside of Avant facing east toward Flower Street

Views of the LA Convention Center and Staples Center/LA Live from the balconies facing northwest

Views of the LA Convention Center and Staples Center/LA Live from the balconies facing northwest

Views of the LA Convention Center from the balconies facing southwest

Views of the LA Convention Center from the balconies facing southwest

Studios

Studios range from 591 to 598 square feet and start at $1,800 a month for rent

Studios range from 591 to 598 square feet and start at $1,800 a month for rent

Modern kitchens inside the studios

Modern kitchens inside the studios

A section for the bed inside the studios

A section for the bed inside the studios

Large bathrooms and walk-in closets inside the studios

Large bathrooms and walk-in closets inside the studios

Some units have patios that go out to the courtyard

Some units have patios that go out to the courtyard

One Bedrooms

One bedrooms range in size from 691 to 733 square feet

One bedrooms range in size from 691 to 733 square feet

An example of a living room for a one bedroom unit

An example of a living room for a one bedroom unit

An open style kitchen in a one bedroom unit

An open style kitchen in a one bedroom unit

A separated bedroom

A separated bedroom

A very large bathroom and walk-in closet in a one bedroom unit

A very large bathroom and walk-in closet in a one bedroom unit

Amenities

The common courtyard with outdoor seating and barbeque grills

The common courtyard with outdoor seating and barbeque grills

The pool deck area

The pool deck area

The rooftop deck will have a lounge area with TV and dog run, and of course, an amazing view of the Downtown LA skyline

The rooftop deck will have a lounge area with TV and dog run, and of course, an amazing view of the Downtown LA skyline

The dog run on the rooftop deck

The dog run on the rooftop deck

Some parking spaces will have hydraulic lifts to fit two cars in one space

Some parking spaces will have hydraulic lifts to fit two cars in one space

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10 Comments

  1. Topher says

    Great addition. Ugly design. Looks like your typical cookie cutter office building.

  2. wildstar says

    Get a free swingline stapler with every lease!

  3. sebastian says

    Prime land could have been so much more. These developers are not thinking out of the box.

  4. John G. says

    Agree with Sebastian. There should have been a tower here. Its near mass transit and highly walkable. At least 35 years lost here with future growth now having to be spread to other areas. Where’s Huizar’s motion when you need it?

  5. Matt says

    To bad the Libeskin project wasn’t built – that would have been the game changer for the area.

    • Andrew W. says

      Kinda sad they built these office park-like apartments instead of the interesting (and somewhat provocative) Libeskind tower.

  6. The818 says

    White Alucobond gives it that cheap vinyl siding look.

    The rest of the facade is just a mess.

  7. gk says

    The rooms are so small! The bedroom can barely hold more than a bed, and the living rooms never show any 3 seater couches (obviously, they won’t fit!). And, how awkward to always have to get to the closet through the bathroom. . .. for those prices, not worth it!

  8. wildstar says

    Looking at the prices, it will be interesting to see if this place fills up. Pretty steep for the location/size, I think.

  9. Topher says

    How anyone who could allow this to
    Be built is beyond me. The exterior is hideous. I don’t get it. Yes the developers are getting rid of parking lots but they are replacing with “junk” designs. Eric Garcetti needs to demand better design for the city.

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