The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has voted to sign off on a proposed mixed-use development next door to the Arts District's Soho Warehouse, rejecting an appeal seeking to block the project's construction.

The campus-like project, planned by Downtown-based real estate investment firm Jade Enterprises, would consist of three buildings at 2110 E. Bay Street.  Plans call for:

  • 110 live/work apartments (including 11 for low-income renters);
  • 113,000 square feet of office space;
  • 51,000 square feet of commercial uses; and 
  • parking for 479 vehicles.

Designed by Studio One Eleven, the "contemporary" industrial development would include both ground-up construction and the reuse of some existing buildings.  The new buildings - the largest of which would be an 11-story, 149-foot-tall structure - would be clad with a combination of wood, concrete, and brick.  A series of pedestrian walkways would criss-cross the 1.8-acre development site.

Construction of 2110 Bay would occur over approximately 35 months, although a project timeline has not been announced.

In voting to approve 2110 Bay Street, City Planning Commissioners also rejected an appeal from an organization affiliated with the Laborers' International Union of North America.  The appellants argued that the project does not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act and should require further study.  A staff report by the Planning Department disputed those arguments.

A second appeal from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters was withdrawn prior to the hearing.

Jade Enterprises is one of multiple developers seeking to build large, campus-style projects in the southern Arts District.

On an adjacent site, New York-based developer Tishman Speyer is planning to construct over 200,000 square feet of office space.

A block north, Vancouver-based developer Onni Group is planning a 15-story tower containing 347 apartments and 187,000 square feet of office space.

Two miles west, Jade Enterprises recently broke ground on a 154-unit apartment complex in South Park, one of a handful of projects the company is planning in Downtown.