An initial study published by the L.A. Department of City Planning offers a more detailed look at a proposal from Onni Group to build a new high-rise apartment complex on the Miracle Mile.
The proposed development, slated for a roughly 1.4 acre site located at 5350-5376 Wilshire Boulevard, would rise just west of the new Wilshire/La Brea subway station. Plans filed in October 2022 with the City of L.A. call for redeveloping the surface parking at the rear of the site, which stretches between from Detroit Street and Cloverdale Avenue, with a new 46-story building featuring 419 one- and two-bedroom dwellings atop 2,645 square feet of ground-floor restaurant space. Parking for 443 vehicles would be located within four subterranean levels and a five-story podium at the base of the tower.
Onni is pursuing entitlements using Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a larger, denser development due to the property's location near the new subway station. In exchange, the proposed tower would include 47 units of extremely low-income affordable housing.
The tower, designed by MVE + Partners would stand approximately 530 feet in height, with a look that id described as a "contemporary interpretation of the Art Deco architecture." The building would peak in a crown containing five penthouses, while amenities such as a fitness center, a sky lounge, and a pool deck would be located below.
Onni also is proposing to retain 42,000 square feet of commercial uses fronting Wilshire Boulevard - including the Dark Room building, which is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The 1920s and 1930s construction are described as the inspiration for the high-rise design concept in a narrative included with the entitlement submission.
"At 5350-5356 Wilshire Boulevard, [renowned] architect Edward Sibbert's use of strong vertical lines and Art Deco details has heavily influenced the [faceted] framing at the tower," reads the narrative. "As the gateway to Miracle Mile east, the new tower will serve as an elegant beacon that will highlight an entry to the collection of cultural arts buildings, museums, and public art spaces within [the] Miracle Mile."
Pending approvals by the City of Los Angeles, the environmental study indicates that the Wilshire and Cloverdale tower is expected to commence work in 2026 and open for residents by 2029.
The project is one of a small handful of high-rise buildings in the works for the Miracle Mile, including the 42-story residential tower at 5411 Wilshire Boulevard proposed by Walter N. Marks, Inc. and Onni's planned revamp of the Wilshire Courtyard complex (though that project may face headwinds).
Vancouver-based Onni Group, one of the most prolific developers of high-rise buildings in L.A. County, is also behind new office and residential developments at multiple sites in Downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Hollywood.
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