In recent weeks, passersby may have noticed a new addition to the Arts District's low-slung skyline.

View looking southeast from Violet StreetLowe

An orange tower crane now stands high above a roughly 32,000-square-foot property at 2130 E. Violet Street, where Los Angeles-based developer Lowe broke ground last year on a mid-rise office building.  Approved plans call for the construction of a nine-story structure featuring 113,000 square feet of offices above 3,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space and above-ground parking for 275 vehicles.

The approximately 108-foot-tall development is being designed by Ware Malcomb, and takes cues from the surrounding industrial architecture.  The office complex will be clad in exposed concrete with steel details, while a green wall mill mask a portion of the parking podium.  The building will offer 27,000-square-foot floor plates, as well as outdoor terraces and a 3,000-square-foot rooftop deck.

As a condition of approval, Lowe is also required to make off-site improvements to the surrounding stretch of Violet Street, including the construction of sidewalks, and the installation of crosswalks, lighting, landscaping, and a traffic signal.

View looking southwest from Violet StreetLowe

The project, which is being developed as a joint venture with Related Fund Management, is on pace for completion in early 2022.

The 2130 Violet development is the latest in a series of new office complexes in the works for the Arts District, spurred by the arrival of name-brand tenants such as Spotify and Warner Music Group.

Directly across Violet Street, Onni Group is planning a larger mixed-use project which would also include a significant block of office space.

Sidewalk view looking west on Violet StreetLowe

One block south at Bay Street, developers Jade Enterprises and Tishman Speyer are planning two developments which would include offices, in addition to street-fronting commercial uses.

The Violet Street office building is Lowe's second major project in the Arts District, following the Garey apartments located on 1st Street.  The firm is also developing a $350-million mixed-use complex next to the E Line in Culver City.

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