It’s always good to see another dead zone parking lot replaced by a high quality development in Downtown LA helping to activate our growing urban center. Over at 9th and Hill on the southern edge of the Historic Core, a new exciting mixed-use tower is slated to rise on a parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection adjacent to the highly anticipated Broadway Trade Center redevelopment project.
Wanting to contribute to the growing momentum around the Ace Hotel near 9th/Broadway, Dallas-based Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) is in the process of entitling the 34,595 square foot parcel of land with plans to build a 26-story apartment high rise with 305 luxury rental units currently dubbed as “Alexan South Broadway.” In addition, there will be 7,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.
A variety of unit types will be offered with a large portion set aside for smaller units that start at 400 square feet also referred to as micro lofts. Other layouts will include junior one bedrooms averaging 660 square feet, full sized one bedrooms averaging 715 square feet, and two bedroom units as large as 1,667 square feet.
Designed by architect firm RTKL (see renderings below), the modern glassy tower conforms to the strict Downtown Design Guideline with many design elements that enhance the urban pedestrian environment as well as creating visual continuity within the surrounding architectural context. For example, the frontage along Hill and 9th Street will be almost fully activated by retail spaces, one of which will be a retail bike kitchen — a first-of-its-kind in Downtown LA.
“We paid a lot of attention to the way our project interacts with the street and neighborhood,” said TCR’s Development Associate John Readey. “We’re putting our bike kitchen right in front of the building instead of hiding it.”
In addition to the 344 bike spaces geared for the project — broken down as 309 long-term storage spaces and 35 short-term spaces available as bike racks on the sidewalk — the building aims to be visually harmonious with its immediate neighbors. Again, conforming to the Downtown Design Guideline, the building’s 333-space parking podium will be hidden behind glass panels (other materials may be used as well) creating an urban street wall along Hill Street blending in with the Broadway Trade Center to the north.
When completed, Alexan will have a slew of amenities located on both the 6th floor and the top floor. The 6th floor will include a very lush 12,295 square foot outdoor amenity deck with a relaxing pool. An indoor fitness center with yoga studio, a lounge with a full-size kitchen, and even an intimate sized “speakeasy” (where you can bring your own booze to serve your friends) will be available for residents to enjoy. On the top floor, a sky lounge with up to three conference rooms will be included, useful for those who consider themselves part of the creative class.
Alexan is slated to break ground in the second quarter of 2016 with completion in 2018.