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From high up at the City Hall observation deck, an image captured by architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart shows progress at the $140-million La Plaza Village.

The project - which is being developed by Trammell Crow Company, the Cesar Chavez Foundation and La Plaza de Cultura y Artes - replaces two L.A. County-owned parking lots with a pair of mixed-use buildings featuring 355 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments - of which 20 percent will be set aside as affordable housing - and 43,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space.

Chinatown-based architecture firm Johnson Fain is designing the development, with landscape and open space work from SWA Group.  Plans call for buildings of five and eight stories, oriented around a paseo running east-to-west between Union Station and the Fort Moore Memorial.

The property is located just north of the 101 freeway trench, which local stakeholders hope to cap with park space.

Rendering via Johnson Fain
Rendering via Johnson Fain
Rendering via Johnson Fain
Rendering via Johnson Fain
Rendering via Johnson Fain

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Live/Work Development Underway in Frogtown

The four-story building is designed by Kevin Tsai Architecture.
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A small live/work development is making slow-but-steady progress in Frogtown.

The project, located on Eads Street between Blake Avenue and the Los Angeles River, will consist of a four-story edifice featuring eight dwelling units above a street-level coffee shop.