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Construction forges ahead at Chinatown's Capitol Milling Building, a 19th-century landmark that is being revived as creative office space with shops and restaurants. 

The five-building complex, featuring some of the oldest extant buildings in Los Angeles, is located at 1231 N. Spring Street.  Workshop Design Collective is designing the redevelopment of the property, which will repurpose previously unused roof and outdoor spaces for outdoor seating.

Additions to the nearly 140-year-old property include a new link to the Gold Line's Chinatown Station, which passes by the Capitol Milling complex along a viaduct.

Besides the light rail station and a newly refurbished park, the historic site is surrounding by many examples of modern construction.  To the west, the $100-million Blossom Plaza apartments are now completed at the corner of Broadway and College Street.  Along Broadway and Spring Streets, multi-building projects that would create a combined 1,690 apartments are planned for currently vacant properties.

Construction at the Capitol Milling Building. Image courtesy of Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography.
Construction at the Capitol Milling Building. Image courtesy of Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography.
Rendering of the Capitol Milling Building via Workshop Design Collective

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