Location: Los Angeles, California
Client: High Street Residential
LA Plaza Village will be a burgeoning urban village sited to connect and extend the Smithsonian-affiliated LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Museum, The Pueblo, Olvera Street, and Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles to the foot of Fort Moore in downtown Los Angeles. Combining retail, food-and-beverage vending, cultural programming, and residences in a wide array of formats, the new development will fortify the historic center of Los Angeles. This mixed-use village has 355 multi-family units, of which 20 percent are affordable. The unit mix includes studios, one, two, and three-bedroom family-focused apartments. In addition to the ground-floor public space, more than a dozen roof decks provide settings for social interaction and recreation. State-of-the-art amenities include a fitness center, pool, dog park, and community lounge. At the heart of the project, an Historic Paseo passes through the site, providing a pedestrian connection from Union Station to Fort Moore Memorial. A vibrant public gathering place with cafés, restaurants, cultural facilities, and other food services will feature a large, stately California sycamore in reference to the local El Aliso sycamore that served as a gathering place for many cultures during its 400-year life. Interpretive signage, paving inlays, cultural iconography, and traditional building materials will honor the cultures that have come together to form this diverse area of Los Angeles. The project is being developed by High Street Residential as well as The Cesar Chavez Foundation.