City West is one of Downtown LA’s least talked about community districts — sorta like the red-headed stepchild of the DTLA family! But that’s only because it hasn’t hit a critical mass yet (not enough restaurants, stores, residential developments, etc.), and there’s still that inconvenient chasm known as the 110 Freeway that divides it from the rest of the Financial District core. Nevertheless, things are slowly changing as more mixed-use projects are added (like the 210-unit 1111 Wilshire that opened in 2013), which will help usher in a new urban energy that will create the stronger pedestrian cross-flow between City West and the Financial District. And part of that exciting change is the addition of a new adaptive-reuse project called The Mint that is filling up with new residents who now call City West home.
Located at the southeast corner of 6th and Lucas across the street from the Good Samaritan Hospital, The Mint is a handsome historic white edifice standing 8-stories tall. Construction on the $12 million project started in mid-2014 by developer Holland Partner Group converting what used to be a medical office building into 42 luxury loft-style apartments for rent including studios and one-and-two bedroom units with polished concrete floors. Sizes go from 480 square feet on the smaller end to the largest units at 915 square feet with prices ranging from $2085 to $3055 a month.
Amenities onsite include a rooftop deck with lounge seating and BBQ grill taking advantage of the spectacular Downtown LA skyline to the east. Down on the ground floor, a fancy-furnished lounge room called “The Parlor” beckons residents to surf the Internet in a relaxing environment. Downtown LA architecture firm Omgivning were the interior architects for The Mint’s common areas such as the roof, lobby, corridors, leasing office, parlor room and one-bedroom model unit (pictures below). They complemented the inherent classic space with modern fixtures and furniture.
The Mint is also part of a much larger $200 million project Holland is currently building adjacent to the site that will include a massive new ground-up mixed-user with 648 apartments for rent and 25,000 square feet of retail mostly facing 6th Street that will help activate this desolate stretch of town. Accordingly to Holland, an indie grocery store will likely be the anchor tenant that will cater to the new residents so they don’t have to travel too far to grab groceries.
Built in 1923, The Mint was designed by Dodd & Richards (PacMutual Building additions, Brockman Building annex) in the Beaux Arts style and features an intricate cornice at the top of the structure. Originally used as an executive medical office building for Good Samaritan Hospital, a cooperative of physicians known as the Medical Office Building Company constructed and operated the building. The most compelling aspect of the building lies in the walls and floors themselves. The concrete used to construct The Mint was mixed with aggregate and rock dredged out of the Los Angeles River.
To learn more about The Mint, please visit them online.