Six months after purchasing Downtown's Foreman & Clark Building for $52 million, Canadian developer Bonnis Properties is moving forward with plans to convert the late 1920s building into apartments.

Earlier today, the Vancouver-based real estate firm submitted plans to the City of Los Angeles to create approximately 79,000 square feet of residential area on the upper levels of the 13-story structure, with an average unit size of 660 square feet.  Plans also call for approximately 8,500 square feet of retail space on the building's ground-floor.

Bonnis acquired the project following two failed attempts at converting the building under its pior owner, who had initially sought to bring apartments to the former office building in 2014.  A change of plans in 2015 had called for the building to instead become a hotel, although a tentative agreement eventually fell through.

The Foreman & Clark Building was once an institution in Downtown's pre-war retail scene, opening in 1929 as the headquarters of a defunct department store chain which bore the same name.  Foreman & Clark vacated the premises in 1959, after which point the building was folded into the surrounding Jewelry District.

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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.

In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit