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)

Proposed Weingart Center Towers Take a Step Forward

The Downtown nonprofit hopes to build high-rise affordable housing at 6th and San Pedro.

In early 2017, the Weingart Center for the Homeless filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to construct new affordable housing on two sites at the intersection of 6th and San Pedro Streets in Downtown Los Angeles.  That project has taken a key step forward, with the publication of an environmental report by the Department of City Planning