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Four years after the completion of the Expo Line, a full city block near LATTC/Ortho Institute Station could be reborn as a mixed-use, transit-oriented development.

The property - bounded by Figueroa, Flower, 22nd and 23rd Streets - is being reinvisioned as 2222 Figueroa, a collection of rental and for-sale housing above pedestrian-oriented commercial space.  The project, which was filed with the City of Los Angeles earlier today, would be highlighted by 1,063 residential units - including 645 condominiums, 364 market rate apartments and 5% low income housing.  Plans also call for amenities such as a swimming pool, bicycle accommodations, a beach volleyball court and multiple fitness centers.

Located midway between Downtown Los Angeles and the USC campus, the 2.3-acre development site is flanked by the Expo Line to the east and the MyFigueroa Streetscape Improvement project to the west.  Accordingly, owner 2222 South Figueroa, LLC has proposed an active streetfront with 20,000 square feet of commercial space facing both Figueroa and the adjacent light rail station.

Renderings of the project, which is being designed by TCA Architects, depict a series of contemporary buildings with extensive landscaping and articulated fa├žades.  Winston Chang, a Principal with TCA, stated that "the structures integrate into the neighborhood by emphasizing access to the Expo Line and future MyFig mobility improvements.  This encourages true transit-orientation and sustainable practices."

Though the proposed development does not have an announced budget, it represents a change of direction for formerly industrial South L.A., which has recently seen an uptick in development.  The last several weeks have seen multiple new filings across Historic South Central.  However, the 2222 Figueroa development must first go through a multi-year entitlement process before beginning construction.

2222 South Figueroa, LLC, the developer, has owned the subject property for for nearly 20 years.  The company had previously completed an adaptive reuse of the site.

2222 Figueroa Street (Image courtesy of TCA Architects)
Project site from Flower and 23rd Streets (Image: Google Street View)
2222 Figueroa Street (Image: Google Maps)

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