More Plans for Chinatown Housing Complex

The proposed seven-story building at the site of Johnson Fain's current offices would create 118 residential units. 

image courtesy of Johnson Fain

Last October, Chinatown-based architecture firm Johnson Fain filed plans for a seven-story project on the site of its current offices. New documents filed with the Department of City Planning show updated designs.

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The project would replace the one-story building, a onetime Chrysler dealership, at 1201 N. Broadway, just west of Los Angeles State Historic Park. Although firm partner Scott Johnson noted that any construction is at least 18 months away, he said it makes sense to begin securing approvals now, based on activity in the surrounding neighborhood. The company designed the 237-apartment complex Blossom Plaza, which opened in June. A handful of other large developments have also been proposed, including Atlas Capital’s College Station.

“It was obvious to us that Chinatown is going to undergo densification,” Johnson said. “We thought that since we’re doing this for everyone else, we should create the entitlements ourselves.”

The project would have 118 residential units, along with 8,795 square feet of ground-floor retail and office space. The property would hold 170 parking stalls on two subterranean levels, plus 156 spaces for bicycles.

Renderings show a contemporary design, with the lower office and commercial levels featuring glass-heavy fronts. The upper residential floors would have a white exterior with balconies on the east and west sides of the building.

The architecture firm has not announced any plans for relocating should the project move forward. No budget has been revealed.