Seven months after we last stopped by, vertical construction has come to a close at the wood-frame apartment buildings which flank the perimeter of the Cumulus District

Located on an 11-acre property across the street from La Cienega/Jefferson Station, the mixed-use complex from Carmel Partners includes more than 1,200 apartments and 100,000 square feet of ground-floor retail - approximately half of which will be occupied by a Whole Foods Market - surrounding a one-acre green space.

The centerpiece of the development, the 31-story ARQ tower, consists of 300 apartments above a multi-level parking podium.  At 320 feet in height, the tower is the City's tallest building located south of the I-10 Freeway.

VOX, the second component of the project which remains under construction, will consist of 910 residential units in a series of interconnected seven-story buildings.

Completion of Cumulus, which has been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to occur 2021.

The Los Angeles Times reports that rents for a studio unit at the complex are expected to start at just over $3,100 per month.  Approximately 180 apartments are to be set aside as "workforce housing," although the precise price points for those units are unclear.

While larger than most neighboring structures, the towering profiles of ARQ and VOX, will soon be matched by the twisting steel frame of Wrapper, a 17-story office tower now rising on the opposite side of Jefferson Boulevard.  Samitaur, the company behind that second project, is also planning a 22-story tower to replace a parking lot farther south.

Cumulus is the latest in a recent series of large Los Angeles-area developments for Carmel Partners, following the Eighth & Grand and Atelier apartments in Downtown and the Linea complex in Sawtelle.  The company has also obtained entitlements for the construction of a 35-story housing and office complex in the Arts District, although construction of that project has stalled since an executive with Carmel was implicated in the ongoing City Hall corruption probe.