Yet another Jamison Services development has been recommended for approval by the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. The two-tower project at 7th Street and Mariposa Avenue will reach 23 and 28 stories, housing 640 apartments, over 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 1,922 parking spaces.
The site is currently occupied by a three-story parking structure, which will be demolished to make way for the mixed-use development. The lot also contains four office buildings, three of which are eligible for historic listing, and a five-story parking structure that will all remain intact.
Dubbed ‘Central Plaza’ in the architectural drawings, the residential component of the project will include 441 studios and 199 two-bedroom apartments. Jamison Services had initially proposed that five percent of the units be reserved for affordable housing, but the nine-member City Planning Commission voted to bump it up to ten percent.
The glassy towers were designed by architecture, planning and design firm, CallisonRTKL. A four-story podium with two subterranean levels will connect the two structures, featuring a mix of parking, amenities and first-floor commercial space that opens onto a pedestrian paseo.
The first floor will also offer outdoor restaurant seating, a trellis and water feature. On the fifth floor, residents will have access to a pool and spa surrounded by cabanas and lounge chairs, a fire pit, trellis, barbecue area, fireplace and dog run. An additional outdoor rooftop lounge will feature a trellis, fire pit, chaise lounge chairs and a barbecue counter, not to mention sweeping views of the city.
Central Plaza will be built in two phases — construction on the 23-story Tower 1 will begin in 2022, bringing 279 apartments to the market, while work on the 28-story Tower 2 will kick off in 2024, adding 361 apartments to the community.
In addition to their requirement for more affordable housing, the commissioners requested that the design of the podium be reworked to better disguise the above-grade parking. Once these conditions are met, the project will be forwarded to City Council for final approval.