A proposal to construct a towering mixed-use complex near MacArthur Park will go before the L.A. City Planning Commission later this month.

The project, known as the Lake on Wilshire, is slated for a roughly 1.5-acre property at 1930 W. Wilshire Boulevard.  The site is currently improved with a 14-story medical office tower, built in the 1920s as the offices of Crocker National Bank.  Plans call for the mid-rise structure to be converted into a 220-key hotel.

New construction would occur on the surface parking lot wrapping the building.  At the back of the property, a 41-story, 459-foot tower would rise atop a parking structure, creating 478 market rate and affordable apartments.  Plans call for a mixture of studio, one- and two-bedroom dwellings, as well as 933 vehicle spaces.

The highlighted of the project would be a five-story, 70,000-square-foot cultural arts center, planned at the corner of Wilshire and Bonnie Brae Street.  The new facility would feature a school for the arts, dancing and music, as well as a theater and ground-level commercial uses.  Renderings portray a colorful mid-rise structure, clad from head-to-toe in vanceva glass.

Archeon Group, a Los Angeles-based architecture and planning firm, is designing the project, which will include roof decks above the hotel, the cultural center and the apartment tower.

The project's developer, a local physician, has owned the subject property for decades.

The Planning Department's staff report recommends the approval of the proposed development.