Broadway Building Set for Creative Office Revamp

Another Broadway building is getting a creative office overhaul. Los Angeles-based real estate firm Afton Properties has revealed the details for a $12 million reworking of the six-story Desmond Building at 612 S. Broadway.

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The Beaux Arts structure will get a total of 85,000 square feet of space, including adding two floors (for a restaurant and a bar). Originally designed by Albert C. Martin, the architecture firm Omgivning is overseeing the redevelopment plans. There will be ground-floor retail, while the upper levels will serve creative office tenants. Much of the work involves updating the infrastructure and bringing the property up to current seismic standards.

The building gets its name from the Desmond’s Department Store, which occupied the structure from its opening in 1924 through 1981. The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.