LA’s Koreatown and Adjacent Area Development in Full SwingMay 19 2015 · 0 comments · Mixed-Use, Nishkian Chamberlain ·0
Koreatown, a neighborhood in Central Los Angeles centered near Eighth Street and Western Avenue, is the most densely populated and diverse district by population in Los Angeles County, with some 120,000 residents in 2.7 square miles. The neighborhood lies near mass transit hubs including the Red Line and new Purple Line, 3 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, 4 miles south-east of Hollywood, 12 miles from Santa Monica Beach and 16 miles from Los Angeles International Airport. The boundary for Koreatown is approximately from Beverly Boulevard to the north to Olympic Boulevard to the south and S. Wilton Place from the west to S. Virgil Avenue to the east. And development is booming!
The surrounding areas are also actively growing; there is a resurgence of activity in residential, retail, and office in Downtown LA, the Westside is as strong as ever, and Miracle Mile is realizing huge growth in entertainment clients. Koreatown is the hub of all of these areas and begs new development as urbanization moves people from the suburbs closer to where they actually work. The population is looking to cut down their commuting time and carbon footprint and live somewhere with more infrastructure and amenities.
Koreatown’s getting new housing left and right, tucking apartments into museums and turning one-time offices into space where people can legally live. The Korean American National Museum project, which has moved “nearly a half-dozen times” since 2000, is finally coming to fruition at its permanent home in the heart of Koreatown, on the site of a parking lot at the southwest corner of Vermont and Sixth.
The museum celebrating Korean American culture will include new housing over the museum below for the desirable neighborhood. The building will consist of five floors of apartments over two stories of museum space above grade. The seven-story building is also set to include a “community auditorium,” a pair of exhibitions halls, and study space; there will also be a three-level, below grade garage for parking. Nishkian Chamberlain is currently in design on the new mixed-use development project.
More to Come…
With development on the rise in this area of town, Nishkian Chamberlain has been busy with a number of projects. We currently are collaborating with a developer, design team and the local building department through the conceptual stages of a high rise residential project proposed for Koreatown that will be sure to change the skyline for future development. Our office is also currently in design with a large 1,166,000 SF mixed use development in Hollywood, mid-rise apartment complex along Sunset, and several recently completed creative office conversions in Hollywood and Downtown LA just to name a few.
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