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WESTERN PACIFIC BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN L.A. BEING CONVERTED TO CREATIVE OFFICE HUBLos Angeles Downtown News reports that work has begun to transform the Western Pacific Building – a 12-story high-rise at 1031 S. Broadway – into a 250,000 square foot creative office hub. The building, which opened in 1925 as an office complex, has sat vacant for years.
Last year, the Omni Group – a Canadian real estate firm that has locked in other high-rise buildings in South Park – purchased the building.
Urbanize LA reported at the time that a hotel conversion was in the works.
This conversion was set to include 377 extended-stay hotel rooms on the upper floors per the initial permit filed. Now, permit filings from the Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety list the primary use as office space.
Amenities like a conference center, fitness center, and lounges will round out the space. So plans for the hotel seem to have been scrapped. Perhaps because of the number of other hotel conversions these last few years between 11th and Broadway.
PLANS REVEALED FOR SANTA MONICA’S LANDMARK SEARS BUILDINGBisnow Los Angeles reports that more details have emerged about Seritage Growth Property’s plans for the landmark Sears building in Santa Monica.
It appears that the developer intends to maintain the building’s Streamline Moderne-style exterior. Moderne, sometimes referred to as Art Deco-style, was a popular architectural style from the 1930s to the 1950s. The Sears building, which closed its doors earlier this year after 70 years in business, was designed by the architect Roland Crawford and built in 1947.
Plans all along were to leave the space’s exterior alone and carry out an adaptive reuse of the interior. Transforming the inside into a vibrant mixed-use destination with creative offices, retail, and dining.
These plans were confirmed during a meeting by Santa Monica’s Landmark Commission. Skylights and upper level facade features were also announced as part of the interior’s retooling.