A week after the release of a new batch of renderings, the development proposal for 222 West 2nd Street in DTLA was reviewed by the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. The design has changed quite a bit since the project by Tribune Real Estate Holdings was first proposed in October 2016, evolving from a 30-story building with 107 residential units, office space and ground-floor retail to a now 56-story building that will bring 680 residential units, including 45 reserved for Workforce Housing, and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. 

The Planning Commission approved and adopted a number of recommended actions, but a change to the district’s zoning requirements must be ratified by City Council before the project is greenlit. 

222 West 2nd Street will feature 188 studios, 259 one-bedroom units and 233 two-bedroom units, some of which will offer private outdoor space in the form of balconies or terraces. The Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed building will also boast amenity spaces on the 11th and 39th floors, including a swimming pool and spa, outdoor lounge and barbecue areas, grassy lawn, fitness center, and indoor entertainment areas. 

The ground floor will offer a spacious lobby and public paseo, complete with outdoor seating, bike parking and lush landscaping, connecting pedestrians with the Metro plaza that surrounds the new 2nd St./Broadway subway station. If all goes according to plan, construction of the sleek glass tower could kick off in 2022. The project will likely take three years to complete.

222 West 2nd Street is located at 2nd Street and South Broadway, a stone’s throw from Grand Central Market and the iconic Bradbury Building. The neighborhood is dotted with diverse eateries, hip watering holes and live music venues. Future residents will be within walking distance of Little Tokyo, The Broad, California Plaza, The Last Bookstore and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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