The adaptive reuse of the historic California Walnut Growers Building forges ahead in the Arts District, as the Hillcrest Company converts the 1920s structure into residential units.

The eight-story structure, located at the northwest corner of 7th and Mill Streets, was built in 1921 as the headquarters of the California Walnut Growers Association.  The Hillcrest Company has picked up on previously entitled plans from Linear City, according to Curbed LA.

Although an exact number of units has not been specified for the property, city records point to 57 live/work apartments above ground-floor commercial space.

A short distance east along 7th Street, construction is underway for a ground-up mixed-use complex from Greystar Real Estate Partners.

Image via the Hillcrest Company
Image via the Hillcrest Company

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Senior Affordable Housing Opens Near Orange County's Great Park

The two-building development features 157 apartments.

Developers Related California and FivePoint have opened a new affordable housing complex near Irvine's Great Park.  The project, called Luxaira, features 157 residential units catering to low-income seniors.  It is the second senior affordable development to be built in the Great Park neighborhoods by Related, FivePoint, and collaborator RCC Charitage.  To date, more than 500 affordable housing units have been built around the park in four separate projects.