Adaptive Reuse Proposals for LA’s Fashion District

Adaptive reuse in downtown Los Angeles' historic Fashion District. (Image: Google Street View. Adaptive reuse proposed for LA Fashion District building)

Let’s return to one of our favourite subjects: adaptive reuse – the process of reusing old (sometimes abandoned) buildings or sites for new purposes, while preserving their history and, by extension, the unique character of the broader cityscape around them. And that’s not to mention the environmental benefits of such a practice.

A new adaptive reuse project may soon create around 60 residential and commercial units to downtown LA’s Fashion District; an area where, as Curbed Los Angeles reported last month, “something of a development boom seems to be quietly getting under way.”

Situated on South Towne Ave to the south of the infamous Skid Row, the four-storey industrial building at the heart of the proposals was built in 1927 and currently houses a convenience store and textile businesses. Proposals call for the ground floor to be retained as commercial space while the upper storeys would be turned into small live-work units.

The proposal is one of several plans put forward to rejuvenate the historic Fashion District, including a major redevelopment of the Southern California Flower Market. Hat tip: Curbed LA.

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