Architectural plans posted by the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council offer a first look at Onni Group's proposed high-rise development in the Arts District.
The project, slated for a property at 2143 E. Violet Street, calls for clearing most of the two-acre property to make way for two new structures: a 36-story residential tower accompanied by an eight-story office building. If completed, the proposed development would include a total of 347 live/work apartments - with 57 set aside for very low- and extremely low-income households - in addition to 187,000 square feet of new office space, nearly 22,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and subterranean parking for 828 vehicles.
Onni also intends to retain five existing buildings fronting 7th Place, which comprise approximately 57,000 square feet of commercial space and six live/work apartments.
Arno Matis Architecture is serving as design architect for 2143 Violet, with landscape architecture firm Enns Gauthier and executive architect Maud Architects filling out the design team. Renderings depict the new construction as contemporary high-rise and mid-rise structures, clad in combinations of white and grey frosted grass. Landscaped amenity decks are proposed atop both the office and residential buildings, with additional open space planned in the form of a ground-level pedestrian paseo linking 7th Place, Violet Street, and an adjacent alley.
Should Onni secure approvals for its requested entitlements - including a zone change and a general plan amendment - construction of 2143 Violet is expected to occur over more than two years. An environmental study has previously pointed to a potential groundbreaking date in 2021 and a completion date in 2024.
The proposed residential tower, at 425 feet in height, would rank as the tallest structure in the Arts District if built today - though it would not exceed the profile of two high-rise buildings planned as part of SunCal's 6AM project.
A similar high-rise complex feature housing and office space broke ground earlier this year at 520 Mateo Street. However, work on that 35-story tower has stalled since news broke that its developer has become embroiled in Federal investigation into City Hall corruption.
The Violet Street site is flanked by a slew of proposed mixed-use projects from firms that include Jade Enterprises and Tishman Speyer. Los Angeles-based Lowe also broke ground in July on a nine-story, 113,000-square-foot office building on the opposite side of Violet Street in July.
Onni, which has already built several residential towers in the Downtown area, has controlled the Violet Street property since 2017, when it initially envisioned the project as a shorter 13-story building. The Canadian developer's other Los Angeles area projects include a proposed high-rise complex at the former home of the Los Angeles Times and a two-tower hotel in Glendale.
- 2143 E Violet Street (Urbanize LA)