A half-year after rolling out plans to redevelop a sprawling industrial complex in the Arts District with a movie studio, East End Capital is beginning the daunting process of navigating the California Environmental Quality Act.

View from interior of East End Studios ADLA CampusGrimshaw

An initial study released this month by the L.A. Planning Department sheds new line on plans for East End Studios ADLA, the company's proposed project at the intersection of 6th and Alameda Streets. Plans for the 15-acre site involve razing two produce warehouse buildings and an attached surface parking lot, clearing the way for the construction of a new project featuring:

  • 16 soundstages containing more than 321,000 square feet of studio space;
  • roughly 292,000 square feet of offices in four buildings; and
  • over 106,000 square feet of production support space.

Besides the studio uses, the new complex would be accompanied by a new publicly accessible parklet space at 6th and Mill Streets, and potentially up to 1,560 square feet of adjacent retail space adjacent to the open space. Parking for more than 1,300 vehicles would be located within the site.

Aerial view of East End Studios ADLA campusGrimshaw

    Grimshaw and Studio MLA are designing the ADLA Campus, which has previously been described as having a “Campus on Top” approach with offices featuring outdoor terraces on the upper floors of the buildings, and vehicular circulation and studios below. Buildings would range up to seven stories in height, and feature facades of metal, integrated with murals and landscaping.

    Pending entitlements, including a conditional use permit and mandatory site plan review, construction of the ADLA campus could commence as early as 2024 and conclude by 2026. At that point, East End Studios anticipates that more than 1,000 people could work within the complex.

    The project, which is intended to sate the well-documented demand for Los Angeles area soundstages and production space , is not the only studio campus in the works for the Arts District. To the south along Alameda, Atlas Capital Group is planning soundstages at the site of the L.A. Times printing plant, and logistics giant Prologis is considering a studio as one of its options for a former Greyhound terminal at 7th Street.

    15-acre industrial complex at 6th and AlamedaGoogle Maps

    East End Studios is also looking to capitalize on that demand outside of Downtown, with new projects planned in Boyle Heights and Glendale.

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