In Chinatown, an orange tower crane signals the rise of a new office building that will be among the first structures in the City of Los Angeles to employ mass timber construction.
Redcar Properties, the developer behind the new project at 843 N. Spring Street, is building a five-story structure 120,000 square feet of offices for rent above approximately 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and subterranean parking for 141 vehicles.
Designed by Lever Architecture, 843 Spring will feature a steel frame with cross-laminated timber floors.
"A welcoming entry draws visitors upward, with a prominent central stair that connects Spring Street up to New High Street," reads a project description from the firm's website. "The design splits the building into two sections, with a tiered vertical garden courtyard between the office wings to provide sectional variety that breaks down the building’s scale."
A representative of Redcar has indicated that 843 Spring is on pace for completion in mid-summer 2022.
The project is the largest Chinatown development by Redcar, following the restoration of several existing commercial buildings nearby The company's other projects ground-up projects proposed and under-construction office buildings in Santa Monica, West Adams, and Culver City.
The 843 Spring Street site is also the latest in a recent string of new developments near Metro's Chinatown Station, including Trammell Crow Company subsidiary High Street Residential's 318-unit Llewellyn complex a block east and planned projects from Atlas Capital Group, as well as Townline and Forme Development.
The 843 Spring office building is one of just a handful of developments employing mass timber construction in Los Angeles. Non-profit developer Skid Row Housing Trust also plans to make use of the construction type for a proposed 14-story high-rise in Downtown, although that project has yet to break ground.