A half-year since our last update, exterior work is taking shape at AvalonBay Communities' AVA Arts District apartments in Downtown Los Angeles.

The project, located on the former site of a cold storage facility at 668 S. Alameda Street, consists of a seven-story, podium-type which will feature 475 studio, one-, and two-, and three-bedroom apartments above 61,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial uses at completion. Additionally, parking for 842 vehicles will be located below grade.

View looking southeast from Alameda StreetAvalonBay Communities

AvalonBay will be required to set aside 53 of the apartments at AVA Arts District as deed-restricted affordable housing at the very low-income level, under conditions of approval imposed by the City of Los Angeles.

OfficeUntitled is designing the project, with AC Martin serving as executive architect. The exterior of the AVA complex includes a mix of cement panels, concrete, and metal. The building is structured to offer terrace decks and other amenities for residents interspersed throughout the property. At ground level, a new landscaped paseo will run along the rear property line, using space once served as a freight rail spur.

At the time AvalonBay secured construction financing for the project, AVA Arts District was slated for completion in 2022. The property is now on track to debut this year, according to a landing page on the AvalonBay website.

View looking southeast from Industrial StreetAvalonBay Communities

The project site sits directly south across Industrial Street from a property slated for the construction a similar mixed-use housing project from Camden Property Trust.

AvalonBay has previously developed AVA apartment buildings in  Little Tokyo and Hollywood, and is also planning a 154-unit housing complex in Monrovia. Recently, the developer has secured the rights to build hundreds of apartments on publicly-owned sites including the West L.A. Civic Center and the former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin.

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