The Los Angeles City Planning Commission is scheduled to review British real estate firm Est4te Four Capital's plan to redevelop the Arts District's Challenge Cream & Butter Building at its meeting next week.
The property, located at 929 E. 2nd Street, currently consists of a two-story warehouse with a basement level. Est4te Four Capital proposed to add new floors atop the 1920s building, creating a seven-story mixed-use complex. Proposed functions within the eventual 131-foot-tall building would include a food market, restaurant space, retail, artists studios, and a private club containing offices, a screening room, a gym, a swimming pool and event space.
wHY is designing the project, which will display a contemporary look above the facade of the historic building. Renderings portray a boxy, steel-frame structure wrapped with large windows and outdoor decks. The footprint of the project would also extend into a vacated freight rail right-of-way on the west side of the property.
The Los Angeles Planning Department's staff recommendation argues for the approval of the 2nd & Vignes development. The report points to an 18-month construction timeline started in the third quarter of 2017 and finishing in early 2019, although it is unclear if that schedule remains accurate.
2nd & Vignes finds itself within a changing quarter of the Arts District, bordered on the west by the Garey Building and located north of similar developments at One Santa Fe and 950 E. 3rd Street.
- First Look at the Arts District's 2nd & Vignes Development (Urbanize LA)
- Staff Report: 929 E. 2nd Street (LADCP)