After a year of digging, the arrival of a red tower crane indicates that construction is about to go vertical at the Weingart Center's new 19-story residential tower in Downtown Los Angeles.

View looking northwest from Crocker StreetAustin Phung

The $164-million project, the largest permanent supportive housing development in the history of the City of Los Angeles, replaced a surface parking lot next to the Weingart Center headquarters at 555 S. Crocker Street. Weingart, in partnership with Chelsea Investment Corporation, will eventually create 278 studio and one-bedroom apartments, all of which would serve formerly homeless persons save for three manager's units. Plans also call for on-site supportive services, a ground-floor cafeteria, administrative offices, and subterranean parking for 15 vehicles.

AXIS/GFA the project's architect, basing its work off of an entitlement design by Joseph Wong Design Associates. Other members of the project team include Emmerson Construction, Swinerton Builders, and Project Management Advisors.

The finished product, depicting in renderings as a modern glass-and-steel tower, is expected to stand approximately 200 feet in height, towering above neighboring buildings surrounding the intersection of 6th and San Pedro Streets.

View of the Weingart Center tower looking south on San Pedro StreetWeingart Center

Completion of the Weingart Center tower is expected in December 2023, at which point residents will be identified through the Los Angeles Coordinated Entry System.

Although the tower at 555 Crocker may be the largest building in the immediate for now, it is not the only high-rise Weingart Center has planned for the neighborhood. The non-profit is also partnering with Chelsea Investment on plans for a 12-story building on an abutting site and a second 19-story high-rise on a surface parking lot across 6th Street.

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