Renderings revealed for 994-unit development in Little Tokyo

Not-So-Little Tokyo

Renderings revealed for 994-unit development in Little Tokyo

Architects DGB+Line have released renderings for their new 992-unit project in Los Angeles's Little Tokyo neighborhood. (Courtesy DGB+Line)

Renderings have been released for a DGB +Line-designed mixed-use, podium-style project on the eastern edge of Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo neighborhood. The project, if built as proposed, will begin the process of extending the Downtown Los Angeles skyline eastward.

According to a report filed with the city, the development aims to replace the existing Little Tokyo Gallery indoor mall 333 S. Alameda Street with a collection of mid- and high-rise residential towers: 994 housing units and 100,000 square feet of retail in all. The development will include 160 affordable housing units as well as 110 live/work units within the overall total. Like other large-scale projects being proposed for the surrounding areas, the project will be carved into smaller masses via outdoor, retail-lined passageways.

Ground Floor areas will be divided by paseos. (Courtesy DGB+Line)

333 S. Alameda is proposed as a podium-style development punctuated by four towers, the highest of which could rise up to 34-stories in height. The complex will feature a pair of taller towers on the northwest corner of the site with a linear cluster of 10- to 15-story blocks along Alameda Street. Renderings released showcase glass- and panel-clad facades for the taller towers with punched opening-studded frontages along the shorter blocks.

The transformative project lies at an elbow between the bustling Little Tokyo and booming Arts District neighborhoods and will be just two blocks from the forthcoming Regional Connector light rail transit stop at First Street and Central Avenue. Furthermore, the project sits along the Alameda Street Corridor, a regional thoroughfare that Los Angeles Metro is exploring for a potential light rail line to Santa Ana. It is also not alone in terms of tall, dense projects: Herzog & de Meuron and developer SunCal are working on a $2 billion mixed-use tower project at 6th and Alameda Streets. In fact, several of the sites surrounding 333 S. Alameda are currently in the process of being redeveloped as taller developments, including another podium-style building to be located directly across the street at 330 S. Alameda by VTBS Architects.

A timeline for construction has not been released.