Proposed Arts District Office Project Under Neighborhood Council Review

655 Mesquit would rise just east of the new Produce LA office project
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The Arts District & Little Tokyo Neighborhood Council‘s land-use committee Tuesday evening will discuss and take action on plans for a 14-story, 188,954-square-foot office building just south of the Sixth Street Viaduct, according to its meeting agenda.

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The Arts District project is being led by Denver-based developer Continuum Partners in conjunction with site owner Platinum Equity. It would rise adjacent to the joint venture’s now-leasing Produce LA project, a four-story office building at 640 S. Santa Fe Avenue.

Named 655 Mesquit, the proposed development, which is being designed by Culver City-based Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, would share the same roughly 1.5-acre site as the Produce LA complex. Produce LA fronts Santa Fe Avenue to the west, while 655 Mesquit would front Mesquit Street to the east. A paseo courtyard would provide an outdoor transition area between the two developments, plans show.

“The resulting design is a cohesive building exterior with open, active, public amenity spaces at the ground and sixth levels, and additional outdoor spaces for tenant use at the office and rooftop levels,” the project team writes in application documents.

Plans call for eight floors of office space over five above-grade and two below-grade parking levels and 4,325 square feet of ground-floor retail. The upper-most parking level is designed to also function as community and event space when not used for parking and could host uses like farmers markets and flea markets, according to planning documents. In all, the project would have 397 parking stalls and space for 146 bicycles.

Other companies involved in 655 Mesquit include landscape architect Communitas Design LLC and project representative Alfred Fraijo, Jr. of law firm Sheppard Mullin.

Continuum Partners is also the developer behind other large projects including the newly proposed 1,521-unit Fourth & Central development in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.
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