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FORMER ASIAN MARKET ON SUNSET BOULEVARD SET TO BECOME ‘URBAN BOHEMIAN CHIC’ DINING DESTINATION WITH LOFTSBack in March, The Eastsider reported plans to convert the long-time Echo Park, CA Asian Market – the A Grocery Warehouse at 1485 to 1501 West Sunset Boulevard – into a retail and residential complex known as Brick Works.
Since then, renderings of the development have been revealed. From the initial look we’ve gotten, the residential part of the development has either been dropped or put on hold. Residential lofts were supposed to be part of the parking lot but aren’t part of the initial rendering or early marketing materials. The current rendering includes spaces for up to 10 different restaurants, outdoor dining areas, and parking for up to 45 vehicles. Brick Works is expected to open by the end of 2019.
1920s-ERA CULVER CITY HOTEL SET FOR MAKEOVER
The West End Hotel – an Art Deco influenced 1920’s era hotel on Van Buren Place – is getting a makeover.
The Grifka Group has announced that work has begun to convert this current eyesore – mostly recognized for its classic rooftop sign – into an upscale 49-room hotel with a bar/restaurant, outdoor dining area, and a new lobby.
Part of this adaptive reuse project will be completely renovating and modernizing all guest rooms. Certain rooms will feature private courtyards and patios.
The initial rendering of the project shows dark blue replacing the current tan-colored exterior paint.
ANOTHER ADAPTIVE REUSE PROJECT FORGING AHEAD AT HISTORIC CALIFORNIA WALNUT GROWERS BUILDING IN ARTS DISTRICTAnother historic 1920’s structure is getting a makeover. The historic California Walnut Growers Building on Seventh Street in the Arts District is now part of the adaptive reuse movement that’s running wild in L.A.
The Hillcrest Company has begun work to convert the building into a mixed-use development. Retail and dining are expected on the ground floors while 57 live/work spaces are planned for the upper floors.
The structure is unique. Most of the building has eight floors. However, some of the building only has four floors. The building’s uniqueness doesn’t end there. According to Ryan Afari from the Hillcrest Company, “What they built was basically manufacturing space with 25-foot-tall ceilings and saw-tooth windows, which you don’t see anymore.” (Read “Cracking Open the Walnut Building” at LA Downtown News)