An environmental report published by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning has revealed renderings for a proposed high-rise complex near the Westlake/MacArthur Park subway station.

The project, dubbed the Lake on Wilshire, would rise from an approximately 1.5-acre site at 1930 W. Wilshire Boulevard.  Plans call for the construction of a 41-story tower on a current parking lot fronting Wilshire and Bonnie Brae Street, featuring 479 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments - including 39 affordable units.

An adjacent mid-rise structure fronting Wilshire would contain a cultural and performing arts center, featuring classrooms, a dance studio and an 850-seat theater.  Renderings depict a large statue of the Buddha overlooking the intersection, while other signage and murals make reference to Sri Lankan culture.

The property owner, a local physician, also intends to convert an adjoining 13-story structure into a 220-key hotel.  The late 1920s building formerly served as the regional headquarters of Crocker National Bank.

Local architecture and planning firm Archeon Group has been tapped to design the mixed-use complex, which at a maximum height of 459 feet, would create the tallest building in the Westlake district.  The proposed tower would feature a number of landscaped outdoor decks, while the cultural center would greet passersby with a molded facade of colored vanceva glass.

Construction of the Lake development would occur over approximately 32 months, although a groundbreaking date has not been revealed.

Rendering of the Lake on Wilshire (Image: LADCP)
Rendering of the Lake on Wilshire (Image: LADCP)
Rendering of the Lake on Wilshire (Image: Archeon Group)
Rendering of the Lake on Wilshire (Image: LADCP)
Rendering of the Lake on Wilshire (Image: LADCP)
Rendering of the Lake on Wilshire (Image: LADCP)
Western elevation plan for the Lake on Wilshire (Image: LADCP)
Project site and surroundings (Image: LADCP)

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