With the release of its final environmental impact report, minor revisions have emerged for the plan to redevelop the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping mall with two million square feet of apartments, office space, hotel rooms and pedestrian-oriented shops and restaurants.
Capri Capital Partners, the Chicago-based real estate investment firm behind the project, intends to construct new mid-rise buildings on the parking lots flanking the shopping mall, which dates back to 1947. Revisions to the master plan, which was drafted by the architecture firm Raw International, include minor reductions to the height of the proposed hotel and office towers, which are planned for opposite corners of the 43-acre site.
The proposed office building, slated for the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and 39th Street, is now planned as a 10-story, 135-foot structure with slightly over 143,000 square feet of leasable floor area. The height has been trimmed from the original 145-foot plan through an increase in floor-to-ceiling heights.
The hotel, originally a 12-story structure, has been cut to approximately 10 floors. The number of proposed guest rooms remains unchanged at a maximum of 400.
In addition to the hotel and office buildings, Capri's development would create 551 condominiums, 410 apartments, 7,000 structured parking stalls and approximately 332,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
City records have previously indicated that the project would be built out over multiple phases through the year 2020. An exact timeline depends on market conditions.
The mall redevelopment, which sits on two sides of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, is part of a range of new projects that have emerged in Baldwin Hills in the wake of the $1.8-billion Crenshaw/LAX light rail line.
Kaiser Permanente is building a $90-million outpatient facility on Marlton Avenue, immediately west of the shopping center.
Another local developer is planning an apartment complex one block west.