For years, the knock on the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan has been its inability to produce housing. But as Planning officials take steps to update the area's decade-old zoning rules, at least one property owner has managed to make them work.

Rendering of 201 Sotello StreetTCA Architects

Last week, plans were filed with the City of Los Angeles for a new multifamily residential development at 201 Sotello Street, says Kacy Keys of Praxis Development Group. The project from land owner  S&R Properties would span a roughly three-acre site between North Spring and North Main Streets, featuring 445 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.

The project site, currently an industrial property which serves as bus parking, sits just over a quarter-mile walk from the Chinatown Metro Station.

201 Sotello StreetGoogle Street View

TCA Architects is designing 201 Sotello, which is depicted in renderings as a contemporary seven-story structure.

The development site sits just south of a property at 200 W. Mesnager Avenue, where a similar mixed-use project featuring 280 apartments and retail space is now under construction. The property also sits one block west from a currently empty lot on Main Street which is approved for a 376-unit apartment complex.

201 Sotello StreetGoogle Maps

S&R Properties, helmed by the Riboli family, is also backing plans for a large high-rise complex overlooking L.A. State Historic Park to the west and a proposed office complex which would replace another bus storage lot a few blocks to the south on Spring Street.

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