DTLA’S Arts District explodes with future retail construction

Downtown L.A.’s Arts District could be considered the hottest neighborhood in town – for living spaces, for restaurants – and definitely for retail. Boston based Bodega’s there, a new Cos just opened, Louis Vuitton staged a pop up this summer – and when Dover Street Market opens in L.A., DTLA will be their location.

But there’s something even bigger coming – large buildings being redeveloped from old warehouses and manufacturing plants, with mega retail spaces planned – and developers dying to snag new stores and brands.
Developer Sun Cal’s Herzog & deMeuron-designed project at 1206 E. 6th St promises to reinvent the Arts District in much the same that the One Santa Fe Complex did in 2014. One Santa Fe brought in such eclectic retail as Wittmore mens’ boutique, Hue womens’ designer store, Malin & Goetz skincare and Voyager home goods. In addition to twin 58-story towers, Sun Cal’s massive project will add lots of office and retail space, as well as a school. 
At 670 Mesquit, V.E. Equities and the Gallo family are planning a big development. Designed by architect Bjarke Engels, the project would include two boutique hotels, 800,000 square feet of creative office space, with residential units and shops along the LA River. Construction could begin as soon as 2019, with completion slated for sometime between 2022 and 2040.
At 2060 E. 7th St,  the old Ford Motor factory sold in 2014 for $37 million to developers who are planning retail spaces and creative office space.  In the fall of 2016, Warner Music Group announced they’d be moving into this building in 2018, which brings a captive audience of potential shoppers.
Atlas Capital Group, owners of the Arts District-adjacent complex formerly known as Alameda Square (and home to the American Apparel factory), are rebranding 777 Alameda as Row DTLA—a giant facility for offices, creative space, luxury retail and dining establishments. The complex has opened and tenants from tech firms to eateries are already moving in in droves.


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