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Nine months after collosal blaze destroyed half of Bunker Hill's Da Vinci apartments, developer Geoff Palmer is fulfilling his promise to finish the controversial mixed-use complex.

Wood framing is once again rising for the future six-story structure, which is located on a nearly two-acre property bounded by Temple Street, Fremont Avenue and the the Harbor Freeway.  When finished, the building will include 239 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments above approximately 4,700 square feet of retail space and a 535-car garage.

Phase one of the project, undamaged by the December 2014 fire, opened across Temple Street earlier this year with 287 residential units and 5,700 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

Like most of Palmer's residential developments in Downtown Los Angeles, Da Vinci will feature an Italian-Renaissance-themed design by Nelson/Boivin Architects.  City officials have also approved a controversial pedestrian bridge to link the building to its counterpart across the street, superseding the official ruling of the City Planning Commission.

Palmer is also in the planning stages for a significantly larger development nearby at 1000 West Temple Street, on a 9.6-acre property which also flanks the Harbor Freeway.  The Eastsider reported in June that the project would consist of a seven-story structure featuring 1,500 residential units and 30,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space.

Architectural rendering of the completed Da Vinci building at 909 West Temple Street (Image: G.H. Palmer Associates)

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