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New 24-Hour CVS Coming to South Park in Downtown LA

Across the street from the new Whole Foods, a new CVS is coming to 8th/Grand in Downtown LA

Less than a month after the highly anticipated Whole Foods Market opened at 8th and Grand, another new development has started construction across the street on a surface parking lot keeping the momentum going here on the northern edge of South Park. Sandwiched between Carmel’s new residential tower (that’s also under construction) and the 49-unit South Park Lofts, a new parking structure broke ground in mid November that will include a new CVS drugstore on the ground floor adding another practical business to a growing residential neighborhood in South Park.

Located on the southeast corner of 8th and Grand, the new 5-story parking structure is being developed by L&R — one of the largest parking operators in the nation — and will include about 260 public parking spaces according to Rob Galanti, L&R’s Senior Vice President of Leasing. Aesthetically, the new structure is planning to install modern exterior paneling on the facade similar to L&R’s newest parking structure at 8th and Francisco.

The new 14,452 square foot CVS will occupy the entire ground floor commercial space of the parking structure with 36 dedicated parking spaces for customers. According to Galanti, CVS is planning to make this store a 24-hour location contingent that the nation’s second largest drugstore chain can secure a conditional use permit (CUP) to allow for round the clock business hours. Last year, CVS opened in the Historic Core at 7th and Spring.

The store’s main entrance will face the corner of 8th and Grand helping to create a synergistic pedestrian dynamic with Whole Foods across the street, which has already become a huge pedestrian magnet turning a once desolate intersection into now a bustling corner. According to the architect’s elevation drawings (see below), the store will be wrapped in windows along both 8th Street and Grand Ave allowing for transparency into the store and encouraging pedestrian activation.

Construction on the parking structure broke ground on November 18 and will be completed in October 2016 about a year from now. At that time, the empty ground floor retail space will be delivered to CVS so they can build out their new store, which is projected to finish sometime around August 2017. Along with the Whole Foods, the new CVS (although not quite as sexy) is helping to create a thriving, mature urban neighborhood that’s livable for residents.

New 5-story parking structure with 260 parking spaces (click to enlarge)

New 5-story parking structure with 260 parking spaces (click to enlarge)

A 14,452 square foot CVS on the ground level of the new parking structure (click to enlarge)

A 14,452 square foot CVS on the ground level of the new parking structure (click to enlarge)

28 Comments

  1. Good they will have ground floor retail but gee, why a parking structure? Yuck.

  2. corner soul says

    Nice to see newer parking lots downtown with ground floor retail (instead of just another dead block for pedestrians.) Anyone know if this is a product of the zoning/design overlay for downtown — or just a decision the developer made on their own?

  3. julietrevino says

    I already count 3 or 4 garages near that intersection. I wish they wouldn’t build garages on intersection corners.

  4. Joe Downtown says

    Downtown needs parking! I love seeing all of the new buildings go up and new businesses open up, but if we lose all of our parking you’re going to see the few lots that are left charging $30 a day. As much as we want to build a pedestrian culture downtown, LA will always be a car town and local businesses need outsiders coming in. We need more parking to keep the prices down. Especially with some of the people on this blog advocating for the closures of lanes and elimination of street parking spaces for silly sidewalk “parks.”

  5. julietrevino says

    I guess it’s not that bad. The actual intersection corner still has potential to be bought up by a high-rise developer.

  6. BGS1964 says

    The only way to get people to encourage people to take public transportation will be to quit building parking structures. Expensive parking is the reality in all major cities of the world. At least downtown LA is getting rid of the surface parking lots. What a waste of precious space. I for one take the Metrolink to work and wouldn’t think of driving my car downtown.

  7. Joe Downtown says

    That lot is a small piece of land. A high rise can’t fit on that lot. We don’t need to encourage people to use public transport by making parking impossible or outrageously expensive. That’s just silly thinking. Public transport will become more popular when it reaches more areas where people actually live. LA is not like other cities, it’s a sprawl. Enjoy downtown for what it is, but don’t expect it to somehow grow to a point where the rest of LA will become irrelevant. That’s just never going to happen.

    • aardvark says

      I don’t know much about construction, but apparently more than you. There are loads of small lot skyscrapers in the world. This lot could easily support one.

  8. david says

    If they’re going to build a street killing parking structure, at least build it more than 5 stories high so the need for parking structures isn’t satisfied and more don’t keep popping up all over the place.

  9. carter says

    CVS demanded the parking on site, or it would not have signed the lease.
    Parking is in high demand, yet the costs of construction are not that expensive, while the return on investment is quite high.
    Think of all the apartment and condo tenants who have parking needs, yet most of the lots are being developed and thus removing their options.
    Demand during the day is from a retail/office segment of the market, yet parking by night is for event and local overnight parking – two different markets both willing to pay as needed.
    Great call.
    And in 20-30 years, plow the thing down, and rebuild something bigger, if demand warrants.

  10. Joe Downtown says

    The point is that you need to park it somewhere for the times you’re not driving it! Most residential buildings have limited parking or no parking at all. Employees of our local businesses need to park their cars. Nightlife needs parking options to attract people here. There are many needs for parking! This is LA people.

    • corner soul says

      Except there’s absolutely no shortage of market rate parking Downtown… rather, we have a shortage of people and places.

  11. I don’t get why there is a manditory thought process when it comes to always making sure there is enough parking attached to whatever you build! Isn’t it the persons own repossibility to figure out where to put their car if they chose to use it? Except for apartments and places of work there shouldn’t be even a thought about parking. By always making sure there’s enough parking your basically admitting that there will never be any other way to get anywhere in LA except in your car. Which is almost completely unsustainable now with every road way in LA complelty clogged with traffic 24 -7 There is just not enough room for any more cars, period! The road ways are just maxed out and building more highways is never gonna happen and adding lanes doesn’t do anything to ease traffic. So to insist on parking spots for everyone is just idiotic and insane. LA was a car culture town but for it to function at all in any way shape or form in the future it can no longer be. If you think it still can be your not living in reality! Trains, subways , light rail has to be a big part of the plan otherwise this city will no longer be able to function, by building more parking spaces your ignoring these facts. There are lot of rail lines being built right now and a lot more have to be built in the future and it can be but to insist on everyone has to have a parking spot is helping to prevent that from happening! You want to continue to live In world class city in the future ? Then don’t insist on any more parking spots!

  12. John G says

    Remember the film SINGLES, when Campbell Scott has a brilliant idea for how to fix all of the traffic congestion plaguing Downtown Seattle and the Mayor, played by Tom Skerritt, destroys his life’s dream with one word? Here is the clip in case you forget the scene (or are too young to have seen it in the first place): https://youtu.be/TK3wRamLsxY

    People love their cars. LA is different than every other Metropolis because of the sprawl. DTLA is going to be a proper downtown in good time, but to think that the rest of LA will give up their cars just isn’t practical. We need parking in DTLA. I can understand that a hard corner like this being a CVS and a parking structure is kind of a bummer, and there is a worthy discussion to take place on that point. But to say that we don’t need and should not build more parking is short sighted and narrow minded (i.e.: only someone living in DTLA would say that). There is A LOT of real estate left to revitalize and develop over the course of the next 20 years before DTLA is a full fledged, fully connected Urban Center. Arguing over a small lot like this about parking seems silly, and to say that “everything [Downtown Joe] said is wrong” without offering any other commentary is pretentious and doesn’t fit the vibe of this blog. Disagree and debate all day long, but please don’t just be a critic.

    Also, this: There is not nearly enough residents to sustain a vibrant downtown currently. We have maybe roughly 7,000 hotel rooms currently compared to the 20,000 in San Diego and San Francisco (rough numbers). We have a lot of hotels to build before DTLA becomes a real player for major conventions, though we are on our way. The people that are starting to come from the Westside to visit DTLA are helping all of the new businesses opening up. We must make DTLA a place that is easy for other Angelenos to come to and having good / easy parking options is a big part of that. Have you been to Whole Foods around lunchtime? Good luck getting a parking spot in there at noon.

    And lastly, for the record: I own a residential unit in Bunker Hill and I lived there from 2009 until 2014. I currently lease it out and live in Eagle Rock. For me, I must drive to DTLA and love going down there, and yes, when I arrive, I need somewhere to park.

  13. PhantomCommuter says

    People from East L.A. will never go to DTLA. Not even is there is parking :-)

  14. Alice says

    I think the main question here is : its a structure parking will CVS have or validate parking for its shoppers? With all the new high rise buildings around theres really not much parking and 4.00 an hour ? i don’t think so. The VCS at 7th stopped validating parking so what is one to do? Pies are sky high as it is everywhere here in downtown, but i rather shop VCS than Target. Target has horrible customer service.

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