At its meeting next week, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission will consider developer CityView's proposal to construct a residential-retail complex at the corner of Grand Avenue and Adams Boulevard, just steps from the Expo Line.

The Adams and Grand Project, revealed earlier this year, calls for the construction of a seven-story building that would contain 296 apartments and 5,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.  The proposed development woudl feature a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom dwellings, including 25 that would be reserved for very low income households.  Other features would include open space amenities such as courtyards, a swimming pool and a club room.

The podium-type building is being designed by Humphreys & Partners Architects, which has recent several recent developments proposed in the Downtown area.  At Adams and Grand, renderings of their design protray a colorful building with alternating patches of red, white, grey and blue.

The Planning Department's staff has recommended that staff approve the project, which is located in close proximity to Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

CityView has numerous developments planned or underway throughout Los Angeles, including the Pearl on Wilshire and mixed-use buildings in Westlake and Culver City.

Rendering by Humphreys & Partners Architects
Rendering by Humphreys & Partners Architects
Rendering by Humphreys & Partners Architects
Rendering by Humphreys & Partners Architects
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