Last September, developer Western Plaza Capital Holdings, LLC filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to redevelop a shopping center in Koreatown as part of a larger mixed-use complex.  An environmental report published by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning has now revealed designs for the project.

The proposed development, slated for an L-shaped site at 8th Street and Western Avenue, is slated for the construction of a 12-story mixed-use building and a three-story commercial building.  A full buildout of the project would create a 148-room hotel, 58,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 96 apartments - with five percent set aside for very low income households.

TCA Architects is designing the mid-rise and low-rise development, which would incorporate the 1930s IB Plaza building that already exists on-site.  The new construction is described as "a modern abstraction of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne," in response to the adjacent historic structure.  The proposed three-story building would wrap IB Plaza, creating open space on the interior and terrace levels with outdoor dining.  Apartments and hotel rooms would be located within the approximately 170-foot tower, which would include a roof-level pool deck and other amenities.

Construction of the 800 South Western development is expected to occur over approximately two years, although an expected start date has not been announced.