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After nearly two years of construction, developer Forest City Enterprises is finally nearing completion for Chinatown's $100-million Blossom Plaza.

The mixed-use development, located on an approximately two-acre site next to Metro's Chinatown Station, consists of two colorful five-story structures featuring 237 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, including 54 reserved for low-income households.

The project, designed by local architecture firms Togawa Smith Martin and Johnson Fain, is clad with exterior finishes including metal and cement plaster.

Plans call for a variety of on-site amenities, highlighted by a 17,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza which connects to the adjacent train station.  The plaza will also feed directly into a pedestrian paseo between the two buildings, flanked by more than 40,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space.

Completion of Blossom Plaza is on pace to occur later this year.

The project may be joined in the near future by College Station, a substantially larger development slated for the vacant five-acre property to the east of Chinatown Station.

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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.