Two years after rehabilitating an aging Chinatown building into creative offices, local real estate firm Redcar Properties is moving south towards El Pueblo.

Earlier today, the company filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to construct a residential-retail complex near Olvera Street.  The project, planned for a roughly one-acre site at 643 N. Spring Street, would create a mid-rise structure featuring 203 residential units and slightly over 21,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.

A case filing with the Planning Department describes the proposed development as a 102-foot tall building, seated above parking for 212 vehicles and 203 bicycles.

The project is further indication of the evolving landscape in Chinatown and El Pueblo, which has has recently witnessed the rise of mixed-use developments such as Blossom Plaza and La Plaza Cultura Village.

Perhaps the most significant change slated for the neighborhood is the ambitious Union Station master plan, which envisions an expanded rail terminal capped by commercial developments.

Project site and surroundings (Image: Google Maps)

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Four-Story Development Tops Out at 1st & Fairfax

The project includes 45 apartments and ground-floor retail space.

The wood-and-concrete frame of a small mixed-use development near The Grove is now complete. The four-story development, which comes from local real estate firm Conroy Commercial, replaces an auto body repair shop at 1st Street and Fairfax Avenue.  City records indicate the building will feature 45 residential units atop 1,258 square feet of ground-floor commercial space above a basement parking garage. Ovalle Architects, a Long Beach-based firm, designed the contemporary low-rise structure.